This February if you’re in Washington D.C. or New York City, catch Tom Finkelpearl talking about his new book What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation with some of the artists in the book. He’ll be discussing and signing copies of this examination of the activist, participatory, coauthored aesthetic experiences being created in contemporary art. In What We Made he suggests social cooperation as a meaningful way to think about this work and provides a framework for understanding its emergence and acceptance. The book includes a series of fifteen conversations, artists comment on their experiences working cooperatively, joined at times by colleagues from related fields, including social policy, architecture, art history, urban planning, and new media.
As Suzanne Lacy, author of Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007, has said, "In between histories, current art practices, and theories lies the conundrum: how to describe relational and public art and the many intentions of those involved. Tom Finkelpearl gives us perspectives from artists' on-the-ground experiences and a welcome revisiting of Dewey, contextualized by a sweeping introduction that alone is worth the price of the book."
National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium
4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC
Social Art, Social Cooperation: A Conversation with Tania Bruguera, Tom Finkelpearl, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. Book signing to follow.
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY
On occasion of the publication of What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Queens Museum and Creative Time present a conversation between the book’s editor Tom Finkelpearl and contributors Tania Bruguera, Wendy Ewald, Sondra Farganis, and Mierle Ukeles Laderman. Together, they examine the activist, participatory, coauthored aesthetic experiences of contemporary art.
To read the introduction to What We Made click here.
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