How can we understand collaboration and collectivism as a radical political act? How does the work of art collectives’ challenge and interrogate art historical narratives and support civic transformation? Bard Graduate Center, Chinatown Art Brigade, and Gregory Sholette highlight the important contributions of art collectives, past and present, and provide a discursive platform for contemporary collective work.
Join us Thursday May 6th at 6pm for a conversation with cultural activists, artists, and scholars Nandini Bagchee, Libertad O.Guerra, and Todd Ayoung. Led by Gregory Sholette, and focusing on past, present, and future forms of collective self-organizing in the face of ongoing economic, political, environmental, and aesthetic crises, the group will discuss the construction of urban counter-institutions in the defunded ruins of New York’s Lower East Side in the 1970s, as well as Community Land Trusts and ecologically structured social zones that have emerged since the 1980s, despite neoliberal privatization and displacement. As we confront present-day struggles over hyper-gentrification, racialized policing, and an insidious political threat from white supremacists recently targeting people of Asian descent, their conversation will outline how collective resistance can repurpose, repair, and re-imagine community liberation as a space of hope, resilience, and cultural emancipation.
Provided by the Bard Graduate Center, this event is free and open to the public with registration. View the Event Page for more info.