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Art Futures: New Modes of Organizing


Friday November 9, 2018: 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room


This panel discussion will explore how artists, designers, and organizers create social change through their practice; how and where activism and art intersect and where do/can/should politics, social justice, and art overlap.  Panelists: Carole Harris, Josh MacPhee, Jen Delos Reyes, and Gregory Sholette. Moderated by Ingrid LaFleur.

This event is part of Talking About a Revolution: Art, Design & the Institution, a two-day symposium (organized by the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design) that will explore the role(s) of art, design and the art institution in effecting social and political change.

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 performance.