All the World’s A Stage: Art & the Social

with Nato Thompson

This course will be both a lecture and a practice-based seminar. Focusing primarily on how art meets the public, the course will offer lectures on subjects ranging from community art, public art, interventionist art, art, and the personal and art across difference. Each course will also encourage workshops on each artist's work and assignments to get the creative energies flowing and moving. Thompson will assign videos and readings from projects he has worked on including his own books Seeing Power, Culture as Weapon, and Living as Form.

Sep 14th - Oct 26th

Wednesdays
3:30pm - 6pm EST

20
Students Max

$1,500
USD

Nato Thompson is an author, curator, and what he describes as “cultural infrastructure builder”. He has worked as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary, and Creative Time as Artistic Director and Curator at MASS MoCA.

Thompson organized major Creative Time projects including The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others.

He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life (2017). He founded the Alternative Art School in 2020.

Drifting in Daylight, 2015, Collaboration with Central Park Conservancy.
Chto Delat, A Monument to the Century of Revolutions, 2017 Creative Time Summit, Toronto, Curated by Nato Thompson.
Living As Form, 2011, With Creative Time.
Kara Walker, A Subtlety, 2014, with Nato Thompson and Creative Time.

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