This fall, Creative Time will present Living as Form, an unprecedented international exhibition exploring over 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, and emphasize participation, dialogue, and community engagement. The exhibition—curated by Nato Thompson—will take place September 23–October 16, and will provide a broad look at a vast array of socially engaged practices that appear with increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning to visual art. Living as Form will bring together 25 curators, document over 100 artists' projects in a large-scale survey exhibition at the historic Essex Street Market building, and create six new commissions in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, a dynamic online archive of over 400 socially engaged projects is being developed, along with a book to further an understanding of the breadth and complexity of this field. Curatorial advisors include Caron Atlas, Negar Azimi, Ron Bechet, Claire Bishop, Brett Bloom, Rashida Bumbray, Carolina Caycedo, Ana Paula Cohen, Common Room, Teddy Cruz, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Gridthiya Gaweewong, Hou Hanru, Stephen Hobbs and Marcus Neustetter, Shannon Jackson, Maria Lind, Chus Martínez, Sina Najafi, Marion von Osten, Ted Purves, Raqs Media Collective, Gregory Sholette, Superflex, Christine Tohme, Bik Van der Pol, and Sue Bell Yank
Living as Form kicks off on May 18 with "Considering Useful Art," a free public talk by curator and art historian Claire Bishop, Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY, moderated by Mariam Ghani, artist and teacher at The Cooper Union School of Art. The event is the first in a series of talks surrounding socially engaged artistic practices, offering an opportunity for artists and audiences to raise key questions and further discussion around this complex field of cultural production.
"Considering Useful Art" will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30–8:00pm in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union, located at 41 Cooper Square in New York City. All Living as Form talks are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. We look forward to seeing you there!
Lead project support for Living as Form is provided by the Annenberg Foundation; the Danish Consulate; the Lambent Foundation, a project of the Tides Center; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.