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April 11, 2013

Pro/Deuce: Dualities and Dichotomies in Community-Based Arts Practices

Syracuse University
Images courtesy of 601 Tully, Syracuse, New York.

Syracuse University’s Department of Transmedia is pleased to announce this panel, which brings together a diverse group of internationally recognized artists for a critical dialogue on the ability of socially engaged art and community art centers to address a variety of challenges facing urban centers.

Panelists will explore a range of subjects around their various practices, including politics both within local communities and as related to development concerns, issues of race and class (where they come up and how they’re negotiated), and questions of sustainability. The conversation will expand the dialogue around art and the social space and explore how community art centers might speak to the current place and purpose of public art.

Panelists:
Edgar Arceneaux, co-founder, Watts House Project, Los Angeles
Rick Lowe, founder, Project Row House, Houston
Daniel Seiple, founder, KUNSTrePUBLIK, Berlin
Marion Wilson, founder, 601 Tully, Syracuse

Moderator: Nato Thompson, Chief Curator, Creative Time, New York

For more information about the Clocktower, visit artonair.org or call 212 233 1096.

Organized by Laura Heyman, associate professor in the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University, with support from the SU Humanities Center and the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Edgar Arceneaux served as Director of the Watts House Project from 1999 to 2012. Arceneaux and art historian Sue Bell Yank co-founded WHP in 2009. Solo exhibitions: Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Kitchen, NY; SFMOMA; Studio Museum, Harlem and Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland. Group exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria and the Whitney Biennial, New York. Arceneaux is represented by Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles and Praz-Delavallade in Paris. For more information, visit www.vielmetter.com.

Rick Lowe’s exhibitions include Phoenix Art Museum; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; Venice Architecture Bienale; Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy and Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. Community building projects: Project Row Houses, Houston; Watts House Project, Los Angeles; Arts Plan for Seattle Public Library with Jessica Cusick; Borough Project for Spoleto Festival with Suzanne Lacy, Charleston, South Carolina; Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida, project for the Seattle Art Museum in their Olympic Sculpture Park with David Adjaye.

Daniel Seiple is an American artist based in Berlin. Co-founder of KUNSTrePUBLIK, Seiple has worked as director of Skulpturenpark Berlin Zentrum among other contexts, including Werkleitz Festival (Halle/Saale, 2010) and the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2008). He edited and contributed to the catalog Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum (2010 Walther König Verlag). Exhibitions: Galerie für Landschaftkunst, Hamburg; Horrach Moya Gallery, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin; Soap Factory, Minnesota; White Columns, New York; Apex Art and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York.

Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at Creative Time, New York, as well as a writer and activist. Public projects for Creative Time include Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. His book Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production was published in October 2012 by Melville House.

Marion Wilson is the Director of 601 Tully, a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, New York. 601 Tully was established in 2011 as a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members and scholars in the co-production of culture. Exhibitions and public commissions: New Museum of Contemporary Art; Frederieke Taylor, New York City; Kasia Kay Art Projects, New Orleans; Dorsky Gallery; Shroeder Romero Gallery; Exit Art; Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts and Sculpture Center, New York City; Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo; SPACES, Cleveland; and SCOPE Miami/Art Basel, Miami.

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