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Art and Society: Overview

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New books, basic readers and suggested websites to begin exploration on the topic of art and society.

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Art and Drama Librarian
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Featured New Titles

 
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Transdiscourse 2: Turbulence and Reconstruction
from the series: Cultural studies: an anthology of viewpoints on society from the arts and the sciences
Jill Scott, ed.
 


Art as enterprise : social and economic engagement in contemporary art

Grace McQuilten
 



Global garbage: urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment.
Christoph Lindner and Miriam Meissner.

 


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Aesthetic justice : intersecting artistic and moral perspectives
Antennae series no. 14
Pascal Gielen, et. al.

 


No laughing matter: Visual humor in ideas of race, nationality, and ethnicity
Angela Rosenthal

 

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Featured Initiative in Pittsburgh

 

 

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Suggested Web Sites

Art in the Public Interest
Historic site and archive for the non-profit supporting community-based organization for the socially conscious.

 

The Brooklyn Rail: Critical Perspectives on Arts, Politics and Culture
...originating "in a borough that has long been a "Crucible" of artistic and political democracy...obliged to work in that tradition."

 

Center for the Arts in Society (Carnegie Mellon University)
"Through practice, publications, exhibitions, performances, and projects, artists and humanists examine the impact of arts on social change as well as the importance of historical events for the evolution of the arts. In courses, in programs for visiting scholars, and in sponsored research activities, the Center fosters interdisciplinary collaboration both within the University and between the University and arts and cultural organizations."

 

Creative Capital Foundation
a New York City-based nonprofit organization; funds and promotes "artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields"; provides advisory services and professional development assistance to recipients.

 

Creative Time
Organization founded in 1974 supporting innovative public art/commentary in New York City. Web site includes documentation on past, current and upcoming projects.

 

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
"A national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities, and design.. joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence." The org hosts an annual conference and the web site provides information on the consortium including news and events.


Open Engagement Conference
"...an annual, three-day, artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.
Since 2007, OE has presented seven conferences in two countries and four cities, hosting over 1,300 presenters and over 5,000 attendees. Annual programming is selected by committees comprised of artists, educators, professionals, and community members from a free, open call for proposals.

Public Art Network (Americans for the Arts)
Provides "services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art." Site includes Year in Review artists projects images and descriptions (slides or cd's available), contact information for their Networking and Outreach program including the PAN listserv, Public Art Network summaries, and Research and Planning Tools. Distributes the Public Art Network Award presented at the annual conference; produces the Public Art Program Directory.

 

Just Seeds Artists' Cooperative
"a decentralized network of 24 artists committed to making print and design work that reflects a radical social, environmental, and political stance."


Social Sculpture Research Unit (Oxford Brookes University, England)
" an interdisciplinary research and practice network inspiring new thinking, engagement and action in the field of social sculpture and related practices -- developing insights, methods and practices toward a humane and ecologically sustainable future -- creating opportunities for new forms of enquiry and transformative action in which we are creative participants -- supporting research on social sculpture and connective practices, including material on its influences and evolution -- connecting and contributing to the growing community of practitioners in social sculpture and related fields.

 

Vera List Center for Arts and Politics (The New School, NYC)
Organizes public events, forums, online programs, and occasional publications focusing on "cultural production that emerges within and outside the traditional art world and seeks to intervene in contemporary political debates." Each year focuses on a theme wherein the Center convenes "artists, scholars, activists, public intellectuals, and political and cultural leaders to examine this theme."

 

Voting Booth Project: Where Art and Democracy Collide....
Does not seem to be a unified web page currently, but if you Google it you'll see examples of artists' work by that title.
First held as an exhibition at the Parsons School of Design, October 8-November 15, 2004.
Artists, architects and designers transformed Votomatic booths used in the 2000 presidential election in Florida.

Basic Readers

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Johanna Burton, Shannon Jackson and Dominic Willsdon, eds.
Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good.
The MIT Press, 2016



McQuiston, Liz. London, Phaidon Press Ltd., 2015
Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century

 

 
Bradley, Charles and Charles Esche, eds.
Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader. Millbank, London: Tate Publishing; Afterall, 2007.
HUNT FA-REF-4 N 72.S6 A78 2007
Selected writings by international artists chronologically organized around political upheaval or conflict: 1871 Paris Commune, 1917 Russian revolution, 1968 political turbulence worldwide; 1989 progression toward the end of the Soviet empire.


Burnham, Linda Frye., and Steven Durland.
The Citizen Artist: 20 Years of Art in the Public Arena : An Anthology From High Performance Magazine 1978-1998. Gardiner, NY: Critical Press, 1998.
HUNT STACKS-4 NX180 .A77 C56 1998
Selections from the magazine showing the development of socially engaged art over a 20-year span.

 


Bocola, Sandro.
The Art of Modernism : Art, Culture, and Society from Goya to the Present Day. Munich ; New York : Prestel, 1999.
HUNT FA-REF-4 N6350 .B6313 1999

 
Greenwald, Dara., Josh MacPhee, Exit Art Gallery.
Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures,1960s to Now.
Oakland, Calif. : New York: AK Press, 2010.
HUNT OVRSZQ-4 N8243 .S65 S54 2010
Catalog published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. An annotated visual compendium of posters, prints, photographs, films, videos, music, and ephemera around the globe surrounding radical movements of the past fifty years.

 

 
Thompson, Nato. Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991-2011. New York, NY, Cambridge Mass; London: Creative Time; MIT Press, 2012.
HUNT FA-REF-4 N8243 .S65 L58 2012
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Living as Form: Archive of Socially Engaged Practices from 1991-2011 by Creative Time, Inc.