October 10, 2018

Stamps Gallery symposium "Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design, and the Institution"

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

Emory Douglas, Black Panther Poster. © 2018. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. 

"Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design, and the Institution" is a two day symposium that will explore the role(s) of art, design and the art institution in effecting social and political change. This symposium is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

At a time when basic human civil rights and civil liberties are being egregiously renegotiated and unjustly overturned in both the public and political spheres how does, should, or can the artist, designer, curator, institution, and art community respond? How have they responded in the past and how are they responding now? Does art, design, and the institution have a voice or place in this struggle? Should it? What is its responsibility? How can art and design help shape a more just and equitable future?

Join us as we invite artists, designers, writers, educators, activists, curators, art institution leaders, and the public to discuss art actions, art futures, and the art institution as a catalyst for social and political change. The symposium will include panel discussions, talks, public conversations, and a special Friday evening performance of Brendan Fernandes' 2018 work Emergency Rave (RSVP here). Emergency Rave is an homage to those who lost their lives in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Participants include: Stephanie Dinkins, Daniel Byers, Brendan Fernandes, Maren Hassinger, Holly Hughes, Maria Hupfield (Native Art Department International), Ingrid LaFleur, Josh MacPhee, Jen Delos Reyes, Tylonn J. Sawyer, Gregory Sholette, Lumi Tan, and Marc-Olivier Wahler.

This symposium is part of the exhbition programming for Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire, on view at Stamps Gallery (201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor) through November 18, 2018.

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