Please consider submitting a paper to our CAA 2014, Chicago panel described below. For details on how to submit a paper, please see http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/2014CallforParticipation.pdf.
Connecting the Dots: Post-1960s Activist Networks and Creative Practice in Chicago
Patricia Kelly, Emily Carr University of Art and Design; and Joanna Gardner-Huggett, DePaul University; Email: trishkelly@ ecuad.ca and firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago’s rank as the “second city” has a tentative standing when considering the state of its art-historical scholarship. With a few notable exceptions, Chicago’s post-1960s art scene has largely escaped programmatic examination, the legacy of artist-sponsored activism in the city and its exchanges with other collaborative art networks across the United States even less so. Nevertheless, issues of art as activism have come under increased scrutiny in the past few years due in part to a host of publications on cultural interventions in global contemporary art. Using Chicago as model, this session will focus on artists and collectives producing from the late 1960s onward who linked their creative practice to real-world political situations. Possible areas for investigation include: community-based arts and media organizations, alternative museums and cooperative galleries, film, poster and video collectives, muralist groups, and political and activist networks. While Chicago is meant to serve as a starting point, broader networks and alliances that link Chicago to other urban areas, such as Los Angeles and New York City, are especially encouraged.
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