Alonso G. Smith

Higher Education II: Pedagogical Chaos

Higher Education II: Pedagogical Chaos
1985, oil/diptych panel, 48" x 48"

The looming god of war sees, at last, the humanistic professor expelled from academia. Confused by the expulsion, the vulnerable professor tries to keep in sync with fast-moving changes by wearing his spinning bicycle wheels and riding his eyeglasses -- as he races home on a highway of incomprehensible traffic signs. Everywhere the liberal arts are being destroyed, despite pleading hands of the tree of knowledge and pyres of burning books. A mutated Miss America coed spurts poison gases from her breasts, as do armament factories that begin to invade the institution.

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