D. Jack Davis Endowed Lecture in Art Education: Dr. Charles Garoian

Charles R. GaroianCharles R. Garoian, professor of art education at Pennsylvania State University, will be the featured lecturer for the 2018 D. Jack Davis Endowed Lecture in Art Education.

Dr. Garoian received a B.A. in Art and an M.A. in Art from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University. He has performed, lectured, and conducted workshops in festivals, galleries, museums, and university campuses in the United States and internationally. Based on the critical strategies of performance art, his teaching focuses on exploratory, experimental, and improvisational art making processes in visual art studio and art education courses.

He was the principal organizer of the Performance Art, Culture, Pedagogy Symposium in November 1996. The first of its kind, the symposium program included forty-two renowned performance artists, critics, historians, arts presenters and educators who examined the historical, theoretical, and experiential significance of performance art in order to distinguish its pedagogy as an emerging form of arts education.

Dr. Garoian will present Performing Art and Its Pedagogy of the False as part of the D. Jack Davis Endowed Lecture in Art Education, which  was established in 2009 to honor UNT Professor Emeritus D. Jack Davis, who served as a professor and founding dean of the School of Visual Arts (now the College of Visual Arts and Design). An extremist, political will to truth has been driven by pernicious falsifications in recent election campaigns in the U.S. and worldwide. The fake, post-truth logic of this nationalistic zeal slanders and defrauds the empirical research of art, and its pedagogical potential for thinking otherwise, by its retrograde purpose of making traditional understandings and foundational methodologies great again. In this lecture, the nostalgic resolve for epistemological predeterminations is positioned alongside Nietzsche’s concept of the will-to-truth, and Deleuze’s cinematic regime, powers of the false, to argue that artists and teachers create empirical truths by encountering the contingent events and circumstances of living in the world; not to be confused with baseless, petty lies or merely reproducing past representations. Within this adjacent positioning, art’s pedagogy of the false, and its destabilization of real world ascetic actualizations, will be conceptualized according to the experimentalism of Nietzsche’s eternal recurrence and Deleuze’s regimes of cinematic narration.

Wed, April 4, 2018
6:00 pm, reception to follow

University of North Texas
Gateway Center Ballroom (map)
801 North Texas Blvd., Suite 34
Denton, TX 76201

2100 S I-35E
Denton, TX 76201
(Non-UNT attendees should contact aeah@unt.edu for a parking pass)

Free, open to the public

More Info:
Charles Garoian's website