New books, basic readers and suggested websites to begin exploration on the topic of art and society.
Allocca,Kevin. Videocracy : how YouTube is changing the world-- with double rainbows, singing foxes, and other trends we can't stop watching. New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.
HUNT HM742 .A46 2018
Wainwright, Leon, ed. Disturbing pasts : memories, controversies and creativity . Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018.
HUNT N8260 .D57 2018
Kim, Linda. Race experts : sculpture, anthropology, and the American public in Malvina Hoffman’s Races of mankind . Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
HUNT STACKS-2 (Stacks 2nd Floor) NB237.H55 A74 2018
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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
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
Related online resource:
Living as Form: Archive of Socially Engaged Practices from 1991-2011 by Creative Time, Inc.
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."
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.
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.
Public Source Pittsburgh. Online weekly digest covering public safety, education, economic development, environment, health, social justice, money & politics.
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.
"A faculty research center dedicated to the exploration of the arts as they relate to and involve the larger society. A collaborative effort of artists and scholars affiliated with CMU's College of Fine Arts and Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, CAS explores and aims to have impact on the workings of social power and in processes of social change."
Scholarly articles and essays across disciplines for those "interested in art and politics in transitional countries and regions; postsocialism and neo-liberalism; postmodernism and postcolonialism, and their critiques; and the problem of global art and global art history and its methodologies."
Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Articles written by scholars from the arts, sciences, humanities and social sciences exploring "frontiers of knowledge and issues of public importance."