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In this talk\, curator Nato Thompson pulls from his recently published b ook\, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production < /i>(Melville House\, 2012)\, to discuss the work of some of the most intere sting artists and activists working today. He evaluates sites and instituti ons that empower their communities to see power and re-imagine it. From coo perative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues\, Thompso n shows that many of today’s most innovative spaces operate as sites of dra matic personal transformation.

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Since January 2007\, Nato Thompson has be en chief curator at Creative Time\, organizing projects such as Democrac y in America: The National Campaign (2008)\, Paul Chan’s acclaimed W aiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007)\, and Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum. Prior to Creative Time\, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA whe re he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions such as The Interventio nists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004)\, a survey of political art of t he 1990s with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appea red in numerous publications including BookForum\, Art Journal\, tema celeste\, Parkett\, Cabinet\, and The Jour nal of Aesthetics and Protest. In 2004\, the College Art Association ho nored him for distinguished writing in Art Journal.

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http://mhpboo ks.com/books/seeing-power/

DTEND:20120402T210000 DTSTAMP:20140714T031558 DTSTART:20120402T193000 GEO:37.8033836;-122.4172055 LOCATION:San Francisco Art Institute\,800 Chestnut Street \nSan Francisco \ , CA 94133 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Nato Thompson UID:196351 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR