‘Learning to Labor, Remembering to Resist’
Print Media and Installations by Dylan Miner
University Art Gallery | Saginaw Valley State University
15 February – 06 March 2010
I just finished installing some new work at SVSU, a primarily working-class teaching university in Michigan. Using Paul E. Willis’ famous book about educating working-class kids as point of reference (Learning to Labor), the work explores the state of Michigan’s economic future by investigating local cultural practices. As a Michigander, I turned to different sites of education, particularly those sites where masculinity are commonly taught (such as an ice fishing shanty and deer stand), to re-think ways we may use these spaces and sites of radical pedagogy. I also threw in some references to hockey and sport, the IWW, and the usual prints.
I’d love to hear what you think about the work!!