Identity Crisis

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