apexart :: Exhibition Talk :: How Can Art Affect Political Change?

How Can Art Affect Political Change?

Tuesday, October 2: 6:30-8 pm

A panel discussion presented by apexart and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in conjunction with the exhibition UNREST: Revolt against Reason, organized by Natalie Musteata, on view at apexart through October 27, 2012.

Panel location:
The New School, Kellen Auditorium
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, ground floor

free and open to the public
How Can Art Affect Political Change? from Vera List Center on Vimeo.

Bringing together leading theorists of contemporary art and culture, curators, and artists, the panel discussion How Can Art Affect Political Change? addresses the complex relationship between creative practice and political activism. The wave of Arab Spring revolutions and the growth of the global Occupy movements have ignited a reassessment of the intersection of art, economics, and politics. Key presentations by Andrea Geyer, Marisa Jahn, Josh MacPhee, Mitch McEwen, Yates McKee, and Benjamin Young examine the shifting parameters of socially engaged art and theory within the context of these emerging political events. The discussion is introduced and moderated by the exhibition's organizer, Natalie Musteata.

Andrea Geyer is an artist using fiction and documentary strategies to investigate concepts such as national identity, gender, and class. She is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Parsons, The New School for Design.

Marisa Jahn is an artist, writer, and community organizer. She is the co-editor of three books about art and politics: Pro+tagonist: The Art of Opposition (2012), Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices (2010), and Recipes for an Encounter (2009).

Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements.

Mitch McEwen is founding principal of A. Conglomerate, an emerging design practice based in Brooklyn, and founder of SUPERFRONT, a not-for-profit organization for architectural experimentation and creative interdisciplinary exchange.

Yates McKee is an organizer with Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt. His work as a critic has appeared in venues including October, Grey Room, Artforum, The Nation, and Waging Nonviolence. He is also a co-editor of the magazine Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy.

Natalie Musteata is a Ph.D. student in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She teaches Performance and Participation in the 20th Century at Parsons, The New School for Design. Her forthcoming paper, “Performing Dissent: The Rhetoric of Opposition in Reenactment Performance,” will be presented at the CAA 2013 conference.

Benjamin Young is completing a dissertation on the photo-works of Allan Sekula in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. He teaches at The New School and is managing editor of Grey Room. Recent publications include a contribution to Sensible Politics: The Visual Cultures of Nongovernmental Activism (2012).

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apexart's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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