The Growing Necessity for the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

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An article by
Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergenic
November 21, 2017
The Growing Necessity for the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Now in its 25th year, the New School-affiliated institution is supporting increasingly essential and timely art.

It may be the most important arts organization you've never heard of, but the Vera List Center for Art and Politics has become a pillar of a new type of artistic practice that is coming to define the 21st century. Affiliated with the New School, the Vera List Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and continues to commission, award, and cooperate with artists and organizations that work at the intersection of art and politics.
"The core mission is to make a case for the fact that art has a significant, and unusual, and different role to play in a political environment from other forms of expression, and that it is politically valiant, and impactful, and groundbreaking, and inspiring," the Center's Director, Carin Kuoni explained.

The Vera List Center is undeniably a leader in the field of art and politics, particularly at a time when the two are increasingly inseparable and the relationship between them is rapidly changing. Like the understated but essential philanthropy of its founder, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics is asking difficult questions about the place of culture in times of crisis.

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