What We Made:

Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

Wednesday 20 February, 2013
6:30pm, $0

New School, Lang Community Center
55 West 13 Street, Arnhold Hall, Floor Two

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On occasion of the publication of What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, the Queens Museum and Creative Time present a conversation between the book’s editor Tom Finkelpearl and contributors Tania Bruguera, Wendy Ewald, Sondra Farganis, and Mierle Ukeles Laderman. Together, they examine the activist, participatory, coauthored aesthetic experiences of contemporary art.
In What We Made, Finkelpearl suggests social cooperation as a meaningful way to think about collaborative work and provides a framework for understanding its emergence and acceptance. In a series of fifteen conversations, artists comment on their experiences working cooperatively, joined at times by colleagues from related fields—including social policy, architecture, art history, urban planning, and new media. Issues discussed in the book include the experience of working in public, working with museums and libraries, opportunities for social change, the lines between education and art, spirituality, collaborative opportunities available with new media, and the elusive criteria for evaluating cooperative art.
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