Co-chair of panel 2019 CAA "The Practice and the Other Practice: The Relationship between Teaching and Making Art

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Panel at 1:30 March 15 at 2019 CAA Conference, NYC

The Practice and the Other Practice: The Relationship Between Making Art and Teaching

 This panel intends to address the contingent or contentious relationship between a studio practice and a teaching practice. Rarely addressed professionally, but often spoken about privately, this public dialogue attempts to bridge the theory of pedagogy with the day-to-day actions of a working artist who teaches. Looking to models like John Baldessari or Frances Stark who address teaching in their work, alongside the work of an artist like Paul Thek, who is known for his educational strategies, the panel will unpack how artists teach. Participating artists are encouraged to include images, methods, and storytelling, in order to ground the conversation in anecdotal evidence. Panelists might speak to topics like: school as a context for making work, personal identity as an artist/educator, lessons learned in the studio and classroom, or interrelated challenges of the art and academic markets. More than simply seeking balance, how do these practices work in concert, or at times, compete for one’s attention? What does the precarity or assurance of one profession provide to the other? From a position of inquiry, we ask, how does your work as an educator influence what you do in your studio? And, how does your work as an artist impact your performance as a teacher?


Co-chair Coe Lapossy, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Priyanka Dasgupta, New York University

S.E. Barnet, University of Suffolk, United Kingdom

Susannah Kite Strang, Arrupe College of Loyola University of Chicago

Curated Pigeonhole at UGA Dodd Galleries Feb. 1-22

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New York-based artists, Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall, collaborative projects are located in the gaps between history and story-telling, and draw from archival texts, sociological conventions, oral histories, postmodern theory and postcolonial studies, to examine power and privilege in the United States. The artists’ current work is inspired by the lost histories of Bengali sailors who, passing as Black in the early twentieth century, settled into communities of color in the wake of anti-Asian immigration laws in the United States. For their installation at the Dodd Galleries, Pigeonhole, Dasgupta and Marshall create a multidisciplinary portrait of Bahauddin (Bobby) Alam, a Bengali peddler and lascar who migrated to the United States in the early twentieth century and lived as a Black jazz musician in order to circumvent the Asiatic Barred Zone Act of 1917. The installation stages Alam’s dressing room, arranged with objects that reflect his secret life, including memorabilia and recordings from his prolific music career. The exhibition is curated by Dodd Visiting Assistant Professor, Courtney McClellan.

Dasgupta and Marshall have exhibited at Wave Hill, New York; Cuchifritos Gallery, New York; Abrons Arts Center, New York; Sculpture Center, New York, the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee.

Midlands at UGA

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The first complete video installation of Midlands is showing at the Lamar Dodd School of Art galleries.

This exhibition was created with the support of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, the UGA School of Law, Katie Geha and Stephanie Sutton.

I will be giving a talk about Midlands on Oct 30 at 12 PM in the Galleries.

2018 Traveling Scholars

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I will be traveling to Budapest, Hungary this summer in order to study the Hungarian Parliament. While there, I will participate in  the AQB Residency.

Information about the Residency:

Announcement of 2018 Traveling Scholars:


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I will be a resident artist at Yaddo this summer!

More information about Yaddo can be found here: