october, 2021

01oct9:00 am03(oct 3)6:00 pmFeaturedA Solo Thesis Exhibition by Jordan JirschelePart II: Problems and answers

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Event Details

Reception October 1, 3 pm – 7 pm
Viewing October 2, 11 am – 6 pm
Viewing October 3, 11 am – 6 pm

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but higher education is not the end all be all of morality. I came to graduate school in the fall of 2018 thinking it would ramp me into professional Jordan 2.0 and I would come out the other end ready to start my career as a professor. Now, nearing graduation, I’m concluding my MFA with more questions than I started with. The ivory tower privilege of academia has allowed me an opportunity to focus on my art practice, but I’ve also grown more distant from the realities of my family in the Midwest. Problems and Answers is a series of installations focused on working-class survival.

Academia presents an elitist guise, at times denying the nuances of the “real world” for the sake of squeezing into an SJW costume. I’d rather chain smoke cigarettes than participate in that popularity contest. Once you engage in the privilege of higher education, or in the privilege of having the resources to make “art”, you start to lose credibility on the ground. I find myself in that gray area currently.

Time

1 (Friday) 9:00 am - 3 (Sunday) 6:00 pm

Location

John Sommers Gallery

1 University of New Mexico

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