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“Substitute Teacher” at the Contemporary: Pranks and provocations

By turns provocative, amusing and sometimes vaguely annoying, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center’s “Substitute Teacher” is a wide-ranging exploration of knowledge and its discontents.

Andrea Fraser’s video “Little Frank and His Carp” deflates the pretension of museum-acoustiguide lingo.

The works chosen by curators Regine Basha and Stuart Horodner, the Contemporary’s artistic director, address the history of knowledge, the changing means of its apprehension and the vagaries of language and nonverbal communication.

But discontent rules. What is a substitute teacher, after all, but an opportunity to play hooky in the classroom? Students go to creative lengths to mislead, confuse and distract the poor temporary educator from the lesson plan.

Climb every mountain: Following in the footsteps of Frank Ashley, who climbed to the highest peaks in 48 states, and the “high-pointers” inspired by this quest, Paul Ramirez Jonas has committed to do the same and document it in “Album: Fifty State Summits.”

 

Many of the artists in this show have devised similarly creative ways to undermine authority, question conventional wisdom and mock the systems that society has invented to impart it. You can read the complete review in the AJC.

Participating artist Mira Schor will speak at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Horodner will conduct a tour on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. Through May 16.

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