Art and Social Justice with Jennie Hirsh - Context Travel

Art and Social Justice with Jennie Hirsh


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This Conversation will explore art that promotes social justice. Focused on examples drawn from the past 40 years, we will discuss public art commissions, including murals, sculpture, and performance in cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Santa Fe, in the US, as well as selected cities abroad, such as Rio de Janeiro, London, and more. Specifically, we will examine how artists have transformed urban landscapes through programs like Philadelphia's Mural Arts and organizations such as New York City's Creative Time, considering how artists have confronted discrimination based on race, class, and gender orientation.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will highlight how artists have used their vision to raise awareness about social injustices and prejudice through specific art objects, installations, and performative events that combine art and politics with an aim toward effecting change. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how art can help the viewer understand historical challenges of the past as well as those that continue to undermine justice in the present.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.