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I Love You Once a Year: Double Taking and Trouble Making (Truth & Reconciliation)

When Feb 29, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Attic Room of the State Theatre
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B. Stephen Carpenter II
Professor of Art Education and African American Studies
Penn State

I Love You Once a Year: Double Taking and Trouble Making

Recently, as an artist and educator, I have become interested in public pedagogy and socially
engaged artmaking tactics as means to encourage the disruption of long-held cultural, social, and
historical assumptions. The talk seeks to trouble conventional educational and cultural approaches
of teaching, discussing, and owning segregationist practices through my own critical participatory
inquiry. In this presentation, I seek to embark on a critical reading of my current artmaking and
public pedagogical practice informed by autobiography and self-reflection. I seek to situate the acts
of troubling and disrupting as pedagogical projects within a discourse of resistance. The talk is
inspired by, I Love You Once a Year: My Funny Valentine, a project I initiated 10 years ago in response
to the positioning of the month of February as problematic in its function as a cultural and
commodified site sanctioned for public displays of affection (Valentine’s Day) and public displays of
attention (Black History Month). The presentation also considers my current participatory projects.
Through digital photography, social media, and public performances these projects explore themes
of segregation, racism, accommodation, and water as a basic human right.