Nicolás Dumit Estévez brings together the Guerrilla Girls, Alicia Grullón, Juan Sánchez, and Mary Ting for a conversation on the legacy of activisms in the burgeoning field of socially engaged art. This dialogue serves as a point of departure for a critical reflection and post-panel discussion on the most pressing issues raised by the work of social practitioners within the arts: artists’ visions versus participants’ expectations; long-term commitment with collaborating communities and its demands on the artist; treading the fine line between empowering or fetishizing disenfranchised individuals and groups; and the cooptation of the “radical” for aesthetic purposes, among others.
Likewise, this panel invites all attendees to co-imagine uncharted strategies and creative pathways that can invigorate the pursuit of social justice and expand the definition of the artist and the arts in the wide, open world.
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Image@ Guerrilla Girls. Courtesy guerrillagirls.com
Her body is encircled by a snake Country of Origin: India Date/Period: 2nd C BC - 2nd C AD / Eskenazi CollectionTerracotta statue of serpent goddess / Werner Forman Archive / Bridgeman Images
Gabriel Kuri addresses new economic and cultural realities in the NAFTA-created world. In his Superama, he displayed a Wal-Mart receipt as a decorative pattern on a hand-woven rug. This is a good example of super imposing a common iconic image from contemporary global culture onto a traditional handmade form to communicate a concept and comment on its effect? in this case the overwhelming power of global corporations to overtake and undermine local communities and economies, and to replace local local indigenous patterns with global capitalistic ones.
—Julia Marshall. Visible Thinking: Using Contemporary Art to Teach Conceptual Skills. 2008.
While metacognition is critical to learning in all disciplines, understanding what you are doing in working with techniques, materials, design principles and with ideas is an especially important goal of art education. When students are directed to the processes behind these contemporary works, metacognition is fostered.
Julia Marshall. Visible Thinking: Using Contemporary Art to Teach Conceptual Skills. 2008.
The organizational presence of minority professors in lower academic ranks may indicate that strategies of condescension are working unbeknown to academic agents. Saenz (1999) documented that 74 of 121 sociology departments with Ph.D. programs do not house any Latino professors. Other studies have identified Latino professors as employed at less prestigious institutions, holding lecture or assistant nontenured academic ranks, and being less likely to be promoted (Verdugo 1995). An appropriate discussion of Latino-to-white professor interaction exchanges must include the minimization of minority professor teaching contributions.
Eduardo T. Perez. Strategies of Condescension: Latino Professors Identify Ethnic Habitual Disposition in Their Teaching Productions. 2004.
In a widely publicized study, Reyes and Halcon (1988) culled subtle and covert faculty behaviors into a “one-minority-per-spot syndrome.” Reyes and Halcon defined this theme as “a reluctance to hire more than one minority faculty member per department” (p. 305). Most Latino professors I interviewed experienced the one-minority per-spot syndrome. Yet the strategies of condescension remain less theoretically informed in Reyes and Halcon’s study. I did not expect to find that some assistant Latino faculty in my study produced negative valued capital revenues because they had yet to teach a graduate-level seminar within their specialty area.
Eduardo T. Perez, Strategies of Condescension Latino Professors Identify Ethnic Habitual Dispositions in Their Teaching Production, 2004
I am trying to understand history in the hopes that I can better
understand my own miniscule, yet essential, role in it. Revolution isn’t won by numbers, but by leaders, visionaries and if writers aren’t visionaries, then we have no business doing what we do.
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