Art, Education, & Community Practice

Art, Education, and Community Practice Guests

Mierle Laderman Ukeles’ performances, sculptural installation, and writing explores the everyday routines of life. In 1969, Ukeles wrote a Manifesto for Maintenance Art which proposes the possibility of undoing the boundaries that separate the maintenance of everyday life from the role of an artist in society. Ukeles is interested in how artists can use transference to empower people to act as agents of change towards stimulating positive community involvement toward ecological sustainability.

Pepón Osorio, born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, is best known for large-scale installations. Osorio’s art practice, influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx, usually evolves from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among whom he is working. He states, “My principal commitment as an artist is to return art to thecommunity.”

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who, over the past four decades, has created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. In 1976, Wilson founded, and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, online and performance art.

Pablo Helguera is an artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work as an educator intersects his interests as an artist, and includes reflections on questions of interpretation, dialogue, and the role of contemporary culture in a global reality. This intersection is best exemplified in his project, “The School of Panamerican Unrest”, a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

Marisa Jahn is an artist, multimedia designer, educator, and the founder of Studio REV. Her work has been presented at numerous venues including The White House, Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Jahn has edited three books on art and politics, as well as curated and produced over 33 socially-engaged art exhibitions and events in the U.S., Uganda, and Estonia.

Jason Jones is a co-founder of Not An Atlernative. He has been working as an art and activist organizer, curator, artist, and media producer for the last 12 years in NYC. He co-founded BlackOut Media, a nationally syndicated TV show, and Surplus Productions. As an artist organizer, he has produced installations within art institutions and in the public sphere in the context of activist mobilizations.

Robin Kahn was born in 1961 in New York, where she lives. In 2011, she was co-curator of ARTifariti, an annual arts-for-human-rights festival in the Western Sahara. Kahn has authored numerous books including Dining in Refugee Camps: The Art of Sahrawi Cooking (2010) and The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Art (2006). She recently exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. (2010).

Stephen Duncombe is an Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York University. He is the author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture. Duncombe writes on the intersection of culture and politics for a range of scholarly and popular publications and is a life-long political activist.  

Gregory Sholette is an artist and writer whose publications include, It’s The Political Economy, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture and The Interventionists with Nato Thompson. His recent art projects include Torrent for Printed Matter Books, iDrone for and Fifteen Islands for Robert Moses, at the Queens Museum. Sholette is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at Harvard University and a faculty member of the Queens College Art Department, CUNY.

Avram Finkelstein is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn. His work has been shown extensively, at venues including The Whitney Museum, The Cooper Hewitt Museum, Kunsthalle Wien, La MaMa La Galleria and The Leslie Lohman Museum, and belongs in the permanent collections of major museums including the MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Finkelstein is a founding member of the collective responsible for Silence=Death and AIDSGATE, as well as the art collective, Gran Fury.

Luis Camnitzer is a German-born Uruguayan artist and writer who has lived in New York since 1964. He was at the vanguard of 1960s Conceptualism, working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installations. Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as social injustice, repression, and institutional critique. His humorous, biting, and often politically charged use of language as art medium has distinguished his practice for over four decades.