The NIU Art + Design Education Division welcomes Dr. Charles R. Garoian for a guest lecture, March 1 at 5 p.m. in the Jack Arends Visual Art Building room AB-111.

Garoian is professor of art education at Penn State University, and 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.

In addition to his scholarly articles featured in leading journals on art and education, Dr. Garoian is the author of Performing Pedagogy: Toward an Art of Politics (1999); co-author of Spectacle Pedagogy: Art, Politics, and Visual Culture (2008); and The Prosthetic Pedagogy of Art: Embodied Research and Practice (2013); all three volumes published by The State University of New York Press.

Garoian’s lecture is “Performing Art and Its Pedagogy of the False.”

“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 paper, 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” (Garoian).

Here’s an interview of Garoian for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art titled “The Teacher Who Was Called Into the Principal’s Office.”