July 1, 12PM

Extra Credit: You Complete Me


EXTRA CREDIT is an education series that aims to provide a general overview of contemporary art and to demystify the field for those outside of the art world. It is ideal for anyone interested in learning more and for those looking to further engage with exhibitions and museums.

If a participatory art project is presented and no one is there to participate, does it really exist? No, it needs you. Participatory art depends on you, the viewer, to give form to the work. But even the term ‘viewer’ feels misleading, outdated maybe; you are, after all, being asked to do much more than ‘view.’

Together we will reflect on participatory art and its predisposition to explore issues of collectivity, education, and the finished artwork. Importing strategies from play theory, the session will go on to experiment with various modes of framing and organizing sociality. Please come willing to participate. And please come: without you, would this extra credit session really exist?

This event is free and open to the public; register here.

KEENAN BENNETT is an interdisciplinary artist based in Philadelphia. They hold an MFA from University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College. They are a member of the William Way LGBT Community Center Art Gallery Committee of the Board of Directors and were previously a graduate lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Art. They have been included in exhibitions at Little Berlin Annex, Space 1026, and New Boon(e), Philadelphia PA; Viridian Artists and The Greenpoint Gallery, New York NY; and MAMA Gallery, Los Angeles CA. Their participatory performance project Service Art was awarded the First Night grant by FIGMENT two consecutive years, in 2013 and 2014. They have been an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT; Officina Stamperia Del Notaio, Tusa IT; Ox-Bow, Saugatuck MI; The Church Studios, Philadelphia PA; Laboratory, Spokane WA; and Wassaic Project, Wassaic NY.

Public Engagement is supported by the Bernstein Public Engagement Fund.

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