Art & Social Justice Working Group
Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Art Case Study

Thomas Hirschhorn

Gramsci Monument, Forrest Houses, Bronx, 2013

Art Case Study
Reading

The New Criterion

September 2013

The Artist is Present in the Bronx

Reading
Glossary

Participation

Glossary
Art Commission

Projects A-E: Celebrating the Art + Social Justice Working Group

June 4, 2016, 12-4pm
Art Commission
Art Case Study

Conflict Kitchen

Art Case Study
Reading

Nka: Journal of Cont…

Spring 2014

Black Collectivities: An Introduction

Reading
Art Case Study

Carlos Motta

The Nefandus Trilogy & Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice

Art Case Study
Art Commission

Norene Leddy and Liz Slagus

The Social Social

2015
Art Commission
Conflict no. 1

Accountability

About Conflict
Glossary

Dark Matter

Glossary
Art Commission

Laura Grace Chipley

Rare Breed Art Collective

2015
Art Commission
Reading

The Fluxus Performance Workbook

Reading
Reading

2011

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice wi…

Reading
Strategy

“Anonymity”

Strategy
Reading

Society of Spectacle

Reading
Reading

Americans for the Ar…

November 2014

Seeing Power and Possibility in Socially…

Reading
Conflict no. 2

Authorship, Collective and Other

About Conflict
Glossary

Intentionality

Glossary
Glossary

Occupation

Glossary
Reading

The Social Turn: Collaboration and its D…

Reading
Reading

Mondoweiss

November 2014

Pittsburgh's 'Conflict Kitchen' is lates…

Reading
Reading

The Emancipated Spectator

Reading
Glossary

Harm

Glossary
Reading

Americans for the Ar…

November 2014

What is Beauty Without Justice?

Reading
Glossary

Listening

Glossary
Reading

What We Made: Conver…

2013

Claire Bishop, "Catedra Arte de Conducta…

Reading
Glossary

Diaspora

Glossary
Reading

Third Text

2004

The Delicate Essence of Artistic Collabo…

Reading
Art Case Study

Yams Collective

Art Case Study
Glossary

Risk

Glossary
Glossary

Accountability

Glossary
Glossary

Collaboration

Glossary
Strategy

“Representation within collective”

Strategy
Reading

Artforum

November 2013

Monumental Endeavor

Reading
Reading

The New Yorker

July 2013

House Philosopher

Reading
Reading

The Artist as Public Intellectual

Reading
Glossary

Public

Glossary
Reading

Democracy Cycle–An Interview with …

Reading
Reading

Radical History Revi…

Winter 2011

The Future of the Commons

Reading
Reading

Guernica

January 2015

Jon Rubin: Conflict Kitchen

Reading
Glossary

Language

Glossary
Reading

Theatre of the Oppressed

Reading
Reading

Publics and Counter Publics

Reading
Reading

A Trainer's Guide for Participatory Lear…

Reading
Reading

Performance Research

June 2014

The Infinitude of Thought in Precarious …

Reading
Strategy

“Artwashing”

Strategy
Strategy

“Accountability”

Strategy
Reading

We Make the Road by Walking

Reading
Conflict no. 4

Aesthetics and Usefulness

About Conflict
Reading

2015

The Questions We Ask Together

Reading
Glossary

Mocksituation

Glossary
Strategy

“Field Work”

Strategy
Reading

Frieze

November 2013

Thomas Hirschhorn

Reading
Glossary

Form

Glossary
Conflict no. 3

Audience, Participation, Spectatorship, Modes of Address

About Conflict
Strategy

“Building sustained relationships with people”

Strategy
Reading

Nka: Journal of Cont…

Spring 2014

The Artist Corporation and the Collectiv…

Reading
Reading

Artists' Collectives Focus on New York, …

Reading
Reading

Afterimage

November 1999

Counting on Your Collective Silence: Not…

Reading
Reading

Art F City

August 2013

How do people feel about the Gramsci Mon…

Reading
Glossary

Skill

Glossary
Reading

Contributions in Bla…

1983

Nothing Personal

Reading
Glossary

Ownership

Glossary
Reading

Americans for the Ar…

November 2014

Beauty and the "We"

Reading
Conflict no. 5

'Do-Gooding' and Criticality

About Conflict
Reading

The Production of Social Space as Artwor…

Reading
Glossary

Authority

Glossary
Reading

The Nation

September 2013

More of Less

Reading
Strategy

“Creating a platform for engagement”

Strategy
Art Commission

A USEFUL OBJECT / A USELESS OBJECT

Gordon Hall

2015
Art Commission
Reading

Art F City

August 2014

How do people feel about the Gramsci Mon…

Reading
Glossary

Field Work

Glossary
Reading

The (Un)sitings of Community

Reading
Strategy

“Do No Harm”

Strategy
 
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Welcome to the Art & Social Justice Working Group.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The purpose of the Art + Social Justice Working Group is to examine core conflicts that propel, enrich, and complicate artistic efforts that assume agency to enact social change. In this examination the group expects to foster clarity around both terminology and effective artistic and curatorial practice.

This site is home to the developing dialogue of glossary terms for describing this work and strategies for enacting it.





Core Conflicts

The ASJWG is organized around conflicts central to current conversations and practice in socially and politically engaged art. The six initial conflicts include: Accountability: Artist, Curator, Institution, Funder; Authorship, Collective and Other; Audience, Participation, Spectatorship, Modes of Address; Aesthetics and Usefulness; Local and Global, Specific and General; and Now and Forever: Do Gooding, Criticality, Oppositional.


Case Study

Each conflict is grounded in a case study to provide context about a specific project and artist's practice. For example, the first conflict Accountability: Artist, Curator, Institution, Funder begins with Thomas Hirshhorn's Gramsci Monument as a case study to launch a larger dialogue.


Readings

Writing from artists, scholars, community members, curators, and others augment conversation about each conflict. You are encouraged to add your own favorites to further the conversation.


Glossary Terms

These key terms and concepts evolve out of the conflict and case study. There is no single official definition, rather many perspectives are aggregated here about each glossary term to develop a complex understanding.


Strategy

Following a similar format to the glossary, effective strategies for enacting this work in artistic and curatorial practice are aggregated from many individuals. Together they create a series of suggestions, guidelines, and warnings for all participants in this work.

Your comments, fresh perspectives, and contributions of new strategies and glossary terms are welcome and needed to advance this field and support our work.


Commissioned Artwork

Artists were commissioned to attend the initial six conflict meetings and develop new artwork in response to the ideas and perspective shared. Artists include: Liz Slagus and Norene Leddy, Laura Chipley, Fran Illich, and Nobu Aozaki.


Core Group Members

Thomas Anesta
Sascia Bailer
Beka Economopoulos
Deborah Fisher
Elizabeth Grady
Gordon Hall
Larissa Harris
Kemi Ilesanmi
Jason Jones
Kim Katatani
Grant Kester
Pam Korza
Carin Kuoni
Cynthia Lawson
Laura Raicovich
Paul Ramírez Jonas
Yasmil Raymond
Prerana Reddy
Christopher Robbins
Barbara Schaffer Bacon
Robert Sember
Greg Sholette
Radhika Subramaniam
Johanna Taylor
Niels Van Tomme
Christian Viveros-Fauné
Jennifer Wilson

Plus additional guest participants.

The Art + Social Justice Working Group is launched by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School and A Blade of Grass, with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Vera List Center and A Blade of Grass are both dedicated to supporting individuals in pursuit of the intersection of art and social justice, and to developing related programs and scholarship.

Questions? Comments? Contact vlc@newschool.edu.
1. What would you like to contribute?
2. To which conflict does this pertain?
3. What is the definition?
3. What is the link to the reading?
4. Who are you? (We promise we won't share your information.)
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