EXTRA CREDIT is a new 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. Classes will take place on Sundays at 12PM from June 4 through July 30.
Daniel Tucker presents Art & Social Justice: The Politics of Image Making on Sunday, July 16. While there are waves of support and enthusiasm for social justice issues, they never go away and artists never cease to connect with them as activist-artist participants or simply as fodder for the ongoing projects of making challenging and relevant images. Increasingly, artists and organizers are coming together to borrow one another’s tactics and strategies, recognizing that images have power and that the experiences that may be bracketed as “art” or “politics” both require visionary, critical, pragmatic skills and deep consideration of criticality and place, collaboration, ethics, material and interdisciplinary research. As they intertwine, these practices concerned with the role, history and potential of art in relationship to society can be seen in the streets and in the museum. They look diverse: a community meeting, a public mural, an exhibition, a poster, an educational workshop, a protest. This talk will give an overview of such practices and leave plenty of room to discuss some possibilities and challenges facing those working in this field.
This event is free and open to the public; register here.
DANIEL TUCKER works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications, exhibitions, and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. HIs writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics have been published and presented widely. Tucker recently completed the feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country and curated the exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. He earned his MFA from University of Illinois Chicago and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor and founding Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia.
Extra Credit is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.