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
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,
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
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
To read the introduction to What
We Made click here.
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