Say passé to the sculpture in the square; the leading edge of public art is changing. Art is passing from isolation, to intervention, to participation, to engagement, to integration.
SOC(i)AL: Art + People is a free, public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events
that explores socially engaged art in Southern California from East to West. Join the dialogue with SoCal artists, scholars, activists, and administrators as we think about socially engaged art in relation to zoning, technology, ethics, food, ritual, performance, gentrification, museums, democracy, nature and art support structures in the here-and-now. Where is our collective dialogic imagination now?
The series of individually produced events takes place at venues across L.A.,
- instigated by Anne Bray as part of Freewaves.org,
- promoted by media partner ForYourArt,
- interviewed by Sue Bell Yank in advance of each event at KCET.org/Artbound
- As many as of the talks as permissible will be audio recorded and posted there too.
Creative Time Summit- a global annual conference exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice, streaming from NYC
- Friday, October 12, 7 am to 3:30 pm
- Watch On Livestream.com and respond on twitter #CTSummit
- Share the Summit with L.A. via streaming at Metabolic Studio, 1745 N. Spring St. #4, 90012, coffee, bagels and comfy seats provided
- See http://creativetime.org/summit/
Occidental College: Can the Sidewalk be a Stage?
- Thursday, October 18, 7 pm
- Dumke Commons, Swan West 119B, 1600 Campus Dr LA 90041
- Speakers: Lake Sharpe of Body City dance troupe, Tucker Neel, Stephen VanDyck, coordinated by artist Mary Beth Heffernan with Center with Community Based Learning and Department of Art History and Visual Arts.
EVENT: Public Matters Event: Market Makeover Smackdown
Fun, hands-on activities to help green the food desert and support sustainable change in the East L.A. food environment.
- Saturday, October 20, 10am-1pm
- Ramirez Meat Market, 3618 Folsom Street at Rowan and
- Yash La Casa Market, 3968 Hammel at Hazard, in East L.A.
- Participants: Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada, Public Matters; students from School of Communications, New Media and Technology (CNMT) at Roosevelt High School, with UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD)
Otis Graduate Public Practice at 18th Street Art Center:
What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Through presentations from artists and curators who participated in or visited one of this year’s most important exhibitions in contemporary art, the evening will look at projects and reflect on the relation to social practice right now. What can we learn from the art projects, curatorial practice, expanded notions of location, pedagogy, and their intersections?
- Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm
- 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
- moderated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center
- Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College
- Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA
- Masood Kamandy, artist, participant in dOCUMENTA(13)
- Leslie Labowitz-Starus, artist
- Tamarind Rossetti, intern with Mariam Ghani at dOCUMENTA(13) and Graduate Public Practice artist
- John Tain, art historian and curator for Modern and Contemporary
Collections at the Getty Research Institute
ACLA Park, La Culebera: Can Artists Heal Nature in LA?
Artists address the question in the format of a PechaKucha and roundtable discussion
- October 25, 7 pm
- 240 S. Ave. 57, Highland Park, CA 90042
- moderated by Stephanie Pincetl, Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities
- artists: Hadley Arnold, Allison Behrstock, Olivia Chumacero, Janet Owen Driggs, Ron Finley, Jenny Price, Jane Tsong, Tricia Ward, and others
- Potluck at 6.30pm. Bring food to share, or just your utensils to help make this a zero waste event.
EVENT: Tongva Talk, a Cultural Campfire,
is a time to gather around the fire and exchange knowledge and stories of indigenous history, culture and traditions, organized monthly by Olivia Chumacero. This event highlights storytelling by Tongvans.
- Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
- Anabolic Monument, Native Plant Garden ceremonial space, at north end of the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parking available on Baker Street. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the sand. Join in potluck dinner by bringing your own utensils.
Freewaves and UCLA IMLab at Chiparaki:
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
Roundtable discussion, Everyone Welcome
- Saturday November 3, 1 pm
- 1637 N Spring St, N Chinatown, 90012, enter on Baker Street
- Fabian Wagmister (UCLA IMLab), Pedro Joel Espinosa (IDEPSCA’s Mobile Voices), Vicki Callahan (USC IML), Micha Cardenas, Shagha Ariannia (Long Story Short), Anne Bray (Freewaves)
18th Street Art Center: Museum Programming and their constituencies: The case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
- Saturday, November 3, 5 pm
- 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
- Hosted and moderated by Bill Kelley Jr., 18th Street Art Center Curator in Residence
- Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City since 2005. Reddy also spearheads the Museum’s community engagement initiatives combining arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis.
LACE: Can LA Make Socially Engaged Art Happen?
Roundtable Workshop to explore the possibilities and limits of current organizational models and curatorial strategies that support Social Engagement Art practices. From trust building and community process to funding and timing, this session invites participants to grapple with fundamental questions — How to sustain a project? How to represent in the community? How long will the work really take?
- Saturday, November 10 1 to 4pm
- 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028
- Kim Abeles (artist), John Spiak (curator/director, Grand Central Art Center), Carol Stakenas (LACE) and others
- with the exhibition (Re-) Cycles of Paradise
Getty Museum: Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Does the role of an artist at museums stop once his or her art enters the collection and is displayed in the galleries? A growing number of museums are bringing artists into the fold – whether or not their art is displayed – and asking them to call on their own practices to devise creative opportunities for engaging diverse audiences and communities. This panel of artists who have engaged museum audiences, and museum staff who have engaged artists, explores how museums reach communities through artists, and asks whether this is true engagement or mere flirtation.
- November 14, 7 pm
- 1200 Getty Center Dr. Los Angeles, 90049
- Speakers TBD
Self Help Graphics + The School of Echoes:
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
Is the community or the artists the protagonists? What is the role of the artist as community and vice versa? How can Artists/community drive the visioning and planning of an arts district before it happens? How do we move beyond participants, observers, beautifiers and “decorators” and into a more integrated part of development planning?
- November 17, 4 pm
- 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
- Evonne Gallardo (Self Help Graphics), Sandra de la Loza (artist), Alfred Fraijo Jr. (LURN: Leadership for Urban Renewal Now), Elizabeth Blaney, Leon Mostovoy, Dont Rhine, Walt Senterfitt, Leonardo Vilchis, (members of groups Ultra-red, The School of Echoes, Union de Vecinos, Woodcraft Rangers, Dept. of Public Health)
USC Roski School of Fine Art:
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, ‘Capitalocentrism’* and the Arts Fantasy
- November 30, Friday 3-5 pm
- 3001 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90007
- Coordinated by Kelly Akashi, Rhea Anastas, Katherine Bray, Connie Butler, Jud Fine, Jack Halberstam, A.L. Steiner, and Noura Wedell
- Participants: TBD
PAST but posted:
MAK Center, ARTISTS + INSTITUTIONS: What Is The Common Ground For Artists and Institutions?
Salon-style discussions about collectives and artists-run initiatives, graduate programs in social and public practice, and museums dedicated to novel fulfillment of educational programming. Dialog prompts, generated by well-known artists and institutions, will be presented to the public for an evening of critical discussion and lively debate, comfortably hosted within the historic rooms and gardens of the Schindler house.
- Thursday, October 4, 7-9pm
- 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA
- organized by Kimberli Meyer (Mak Center), David Burns (Fallen Fruit) and Sara Daleiden (Los Angeles Urban Rangers); features artists Sarah Beadle, Notch, and Christina Sanchez; Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for their generous support.
USC Price School: Is LA the Creative or Anti-Creative City?
What are lines that our regulations and laws draw around the arts, exploring the edges between art and the city? Do artists represent only gentrification for our communities? How does art, and how do artists add value to urban life? How should planners consider art and artists? How do planning regulations aid the creation of a creatively vibrant city that adds not only economic value but also cultural excitement to the lives of urban residents?
- Urban Growth Seminar on Tuesday, September 18, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
- At USC Lewis Hall 101
- Elizabeth Currid (USC Price) and Sarah Schrank (History, CSULB), moderated by David Sloane (USC Price)
- posted at USC’s Youtube channel for the Urban Growth Seminar
- audio available at KCET.org/Artbound’s column of Sue Bell Yank