Special studio art course offering for Spring 2019

ARTS 777: History and Theory of Social Practice
Mondays 2:00-5:50pm
Prof. Sholette

Art as History? Art as Thinking? Art as Research? Art as Work? The aim of this seminar is to survey, critique and historicize the theory and practice of activist, interventionist, public, participatory and community based art that operates within and across fields such as performance, urban studies, environmental science and other socially engaged disciplines. The class will focus on such questions as: Why is it useful, even necessary, to understand the history and theory of social practice art? Where should we look to find the historical roots of social practice art? Are these within the history of art, or external to it, in the broader social sphere? In an increasingly privatized society how do we define and operate within a concept of the public sphere? And how are both mainstream and alternative type cultural institutions responding to the increasing interest in socially engaged art by emerging artists? Through lectures, readings, discussions, student presentations, group activities, guest speakers and off-site visits to galleries and museums we will seek to position socially-engaged visual culture and the shifting role of the artist within an historical, ideological, and critical framework.

MFA Exhibition and Event: ActionWoman

Join us for a week long art show and community event presented by MFA candidate Eliesha Grant and the Graduate Arts Club. Events include a show in the Klapper Hall Student Gallery with collaborative works, a table fair with community groups, and parade march around campus.

The art will be in displayed in the gallery Oct 15th-19th, and events will take place all day on Oct 16th.

MFA Grant Opportunity: Art Action Grants, Fall 2018

Social Practice Queens (SPQ) is pleased to announce the launch of Action Art Grants: FALL 2018, a series of student-led, socially engaged, and community-based projects with support from the Rubin and Velcik Foundations. This SPQ initiative is designed to help bridge the gap between MFA studio-based practices and action towards social, political, environmental or economic justice in the world at the local, national, or international level.

The grant is available to any matriculating Queens College MFA student concentrating in Social Practice and Advanced Certificate in Critical Social Practice students (though partnering with non- SPQ students is allowed and encouraged). The total maximum amount of each grant is $1500 USD. An advisor will be required for each project whose compensation is separate from the grant amount.

The project proposal must:
– Be designed in collaboration with at least one other MFA student (does not have to be SPQ), and also be developed in coordination with a community partner (or partners) located outside CUNY.
– Specify a specific outcome in which art as social action plays a central role. In other words, if the final form of the project is an exhibition or a screening or a document the work must also have a direct, positive social component somewhere along the way that is engaged in community planning around civic justice, environmental improvement, urban policy, political critique, economic development or a similar goal.
– Include an evaluative assessment plan with timelines must be built into the project proposal. This should include how the project “works” with the non-CUNY community.
– Present a thought-out theoretical methodology based on your own artistic research and readings and related seminars preferably with existing models of projects as reference materials.

All proposals are due: September 25th, 2018.

For full application details, view or download the pdf below:

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