The Texas Textbook Massacre refers to efforts by the Texas Board of Education to revise textbook standards in order to impart a culturally homogeneous perspective to students. Examples: teaching that the U.S. Constitution was divinely inspired by a Christian god, eliminating the legacies of important Latinos, and renaming the slave trade the "Atlantic triangular trade." (WTF?) And Texas is such a large buyer of textbooks that children attending local schools are likely beneficiaries of the Lone Star revisionism. Meanwhile, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick) presents Pattern ID
, an exhibition by a very nonhomogeneous group of artists. Their work represents a diversity of media and recasts cultural identity across physical and aesthetic boundaries. Artists include Nick Cave, Lalla Essaydi, Takashi Murakami, Grace Ndiritu and many others. Tonight's free reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes an interview with artist Willie Cole by exhibition curator Ellen Rudolph of the Akron Art Museum. The show runs through May 8.
— Chris Packham
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 28. Continues through May 8, 2011