The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School co-hosts an afternoon of projects commissioned in response to the Art and Social Justice Working Group. Visual artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces, is our travel companion at the Bronx Museum leading our discussion of the work together. Attendees are invited to spend approximately twenty to thirty minutes with each project as van Heeswijk leads the conversation. The walkthrough culminates in a dialog that underscores the key issues we identify as a group, their impact on the communities and political contexts we're engaged in as well as their relationship to the expanded field recognized as artistic practice today.
The Art and Social Justice Working Group is an informal, fluctuating group of artists, curators and other arts practitioners. The group met periodically over the past 18 months to examine core conflicts that propel, enrich, and complicate artistic efforts that assume agency to enact social change. It was launched by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and A Blade of Grass, organizations dedicated to supporting individuals in pursuit of the intersection of art and social justice through programs and scholarship. Participating artists were commissioned to develop artworks in response to the ideas and perspectives shared at working group gatherings.
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12:00-12:30 Jeanne van Heeswijk, introductory remarks
12:30-2:30 Projects A-E Walkthrough
2:30-4:00 Culminating discussion led by Jeanne van Heeswijk with participating artists