In Detroit, designers have an opportunity to realize their potential without the hindrance of legal obligation. This opportunity comes with great responsibility. We must be critical of the creative agents active in the city to determine who acts in the city's benefit and who takes advantage of its despair.
I have been ardently working on an exhibition with a group of art students at Syracuse University entitled "You Are Here." The exhibition explores various intersections of citizenship and art practice. The show grew out of a year-long graduate seminar entitled Art and Civic Dialogue, led by Carrie Mae Weems, an artist of international renown and David A. Ross, the former director of The Whitney Museum and The San Francisco Museum of Art, currently Chairman of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual arts in New York City.
The exhibition represents a roster of dynamic artists working in Syracuse and beyond whose works are concerned with varying notions of social engagement. In that spirit, the words citizenship and art are both carefully reconsidered through a diverse group of works each bringing a sense of urgency to the complex task of defining the role of art in civic dialogue.
The exhibit includes photographic installations, performance, sculpture, web-based projects, video, and a study center that anchors the ideas across disciplines. My piece deals specifically with the issues addressed in the blog.
If you are in Syracuse please come see the show. The 22nd is a closing ceremony with performances, wine and cheese!
Community Folk Art Center: 805 E. Genesee St., Syracus Friday April 8 - Friday, April 22, 2011