Allison Smith: The Muster : a Project of the Public Art Fund, Governors Island, New York, Saturday, May the 14th, 2005

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Public Art Fund, 2007 - Art - 127 pages
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Allison Smith uses American history and traditional crafts as a starting point from which to imagine and create new narratives for the twenty-first century. "The Muster" documents an open-air public event staged by the Public Art Fund on May 14, 2005, during which Smith appointed herself Mustering Officer and asked the public, "What are you fighting for?" More than 70 volunteers answered her call to arms, creating a temporary "militia" in which each enlistee designed his or her own uniform and created a campsite expressing his or her stated cause, from the political to the whimsical, addressing art history, technology, craft, gender politics, gay rights, democracy and sociology, just to name a few. "The Muster" is designed with an eye toward utilitarian government-issue printed materials, just as the exhibition brochures and announcements were modeled on Civil War-era broadsheets, circus posters and soldier's diaries. Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1972. She is represented in New York by Bellwether Gallery.

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Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2007)

Allison D. Smith is Professor of English and Coordinator of Graduate Teaching Assistants at Middle Tennessee State University. She received a BA in Teaching Language and Composition and an MA in Applied Linguistics from California State University, Long Beach, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from The University of Illinois, UrbanaaChampaign. Her primary teaching and research areas include writing pedagogy, writing about pop culture, writing assessment, discourse analysis, and pedagogical grammar. Recent publications include a book chapter in MORE WAYS TO HANDLE THE PAPER LOAD, an article on journal writing for the ENGLISH LEADERSHIP QUARTERLY, and COMPBIBLIO: LEADERS AND INFLUENCES IN COMPOSITION THEORY AND PRACTICE, a book focusing on the career arcs of leaders in composition. In addition, she is one of the series editors for the Fountainhead Press X Series for Professional Development. She has two forthcoming books: THE POP CULTURE ZONE: WRITING CRITICALLY ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE (Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009) and TEACHING IN THE POP CULTURE ZONE: USING POPULAR CULTURE IN THE WRITING CLASSROOM (Cengage/Wadsworth, 2009). She is an active participant in the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on Composition and Communication, and the Research Network Forum. Prior to teaching at MTSU, she taught at Louisiana Tech University, where she was the Robert C. Snyder Endowed Professor of English.

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