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INSIDE ART - The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela

Robert Lazzarini, chain-link fence (Torn), 2012 steel and pigment; 134 x 276 x 75 inches.

Robert Lazzarini, chain-link fence (Torn), 2012 steel and pigment; 134 x 276 x 75 inches.

The Fall 2019 edition of InsideART focuses on the USFCAM exhibition The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela.

A two-person exhibition, featuring the work of Los Angeles-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela (b. 1982 Santiago, Chile) and New York-based sculptor Robert Lazzarini (b. 1965, Denville, N.J.), The Return of the Real presents the work of two U.S.-based artists who are distinctly committed to re-presentation as a mode of visual experimentation and reasoning. Though both artists rearrange, reconstruct and ultimately distort reality, they do so ultimately to arrive at objects and images that undermine their own truth telling.

The concept of “re-presentation” is central to contemporary art today. The hyphen is intentionally added to destabilize the normal reading of the word “representation” as a transparent record of “reality.” Because all re-presentations are constructions from a particular subject position, no re-presentation can be absolutely objective or universal. This is true of all modes of human thought and expression: it applies equally to the work of the artist, economist, philosopher, scientist and politician.

In the words of critic Hal Foster—from whom the title of this exhibition is borrowed—the work of both of these artists is grounded in the materiality of actual bodies, objects and social sites. Lazzarini’s and Valenzuela’s artworks look to establish new ways of seeing critically at a time that demands a profoundly flexible and skeptical understanding of seemingly established facts, fabricated fears and “fake news.”

InsideART The Return of the Real lessons are written by USF College of Education faculty Dr. Bárbara C. Cruz, Professor of Social Science Education and Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock, Associate Professor of Middle Grades and General Secondary Education; and Shannon Peck-Bartle, M.A. and Cristina M. Viera, M.A. & M.Ed., Doctoral Students in the USF College of Education. The program is co-directed by Dr. Cruz and Noel Smith, Deputy Director, USFCAM.

Common Core State Standards – In addition to Visual Arts and Social Studies curriculum standards, lessons in the InsideART curriculum cover Common Core standards related to:

  • Reading: Informational Text
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Language
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies


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  • Presentations are Microsoft PowerPoint presentations (.pptx)


The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela files


Day 1
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day1.Lazzarini_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)

Day 2
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_(LessonPlan).docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_HandoutA_ThePropaganda.docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_HandoutB_TheEvacuationofPripyat.docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_HandoutC_TheImpactonHealth.docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_HandoutD_(Health).docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_InstructionGuideA.docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_InstructionGuideB.docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetA_Brainstorming.docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetB_(DataGathering-Chernobyl).docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetB_(DataGathering-Health).docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetB_(Evacuation).docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetB_(Propaganda).docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetC_(MaterialCulture).docx (.pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetD_(Conclusions).docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day2.Lazzarini_WorksheetE_(Interviews).docx (.pdf)

Day 3
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day3.Valenzuela_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)

Day 4
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day4.Valenzuela_lesson_plan.docx (pdf)
The_Return_of_the_Real.Day4.Valenzuela_(handout).docx (.pdf)

Download Complete InsideART Fall 2019 The Return of the Real: Robert Lazzarini and Rodrigo Valenzuela Lessons (.zip - 25 MB)

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