Making the Change They Want to See
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM each day, followed by a reception on Wednesday, August 13
More information on the Symposium:Making the Change They Want to See
The Symposium Schedule: Making the Change They Want to See Schedule
$250 for National Council, Students & Faculty
$500 General Admission
*Space is limited and tickets are non-refundable.
Keynote Speaker: Steve McQueen, Artist, Filmmaker, and Oscar-Winning Director of 12 Years a Slave
Curated by: Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time.
Panelist: Tania Bruguera, Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Laurie Jo Reynolds & collaborator Darrell Cannon, Superflex and more.
Moderators: Greg Dobbs, Loren Jenkins
Making the Change They Want To See, is a two-day symposium curated by Anne Pasternak (President and Artistic Director, Creative Time) and features a keynote address by renowned British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Other participants include Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Pedro Reyes, Superflex and more.
Theaster Gates recently said “art is a place to assert one’s right to say difficult things.” This is indeed true. After all, through countless media, artists freely and creatively tell us stories that help us understand ourselves and interpret our world. They are looking at the sublime as well as the painful. The artist Joan Jonas described this as the artist’s central role, the role of translation. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that in what is surely the most complicated era in human history, artists are wanting to do more than just translate. Artists are feeling an urgency to use their creative skills and freedoms to help solve some of the key problems of our day.
Call it what you want: art and citizenship, relational aesthetics, social practice, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that multitudes of artists around the globe are becoming more central, not peripheral, to our daily lives as they work to make the change they want to see. From eradicating lead poisoning in our soil and shutting down super max prisons to launching new economic models in impoverished communities, artists are not only making things, they are making important things to counter social injustices.
The artists invited to participate in this symposium are attempting to bring greater justice into the world through their insights, provocations, and the creation of new models of change. Each of them refuses to be a passive bystander just pointing to issues. In the process, they raise significant questions about the role of the artist in public life and upend traditional notions on the very nature of art. And why not? Who better than artists to ring the alarm bell and help shape the change we wish to see.