Creative Time Series of Public Talks Continues on August 2 with Nato Thompson on Socially-Engaged Art Practice

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Creative Time Series of Public Talks Continues on August 2 with Nato Thompson on Socially-Engaged Art Practice
Curated by: Nato Thompason

41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
August 2nd, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

east village/lower east side
The Cooper Union
society installation, Art, socially-engaged art practice, Cooper Union, Living as Form, Nato Thompson, Creative Time performance, conceptual


Creative Time will continue its series of public talks presented in conjunction with this fall’s exhibition Living as Form on Tuesday, August 2 from 6:30-8:00pm in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union School of Art, located at 41 Cooper Square in New York City.  Nato Thompson, Creative Time’s Chief Curator and curator of the Living as Form project, will present “Socially Engaged Art Outside the Bounds of an Artistic Discipline,” a talk that aims to explore the continuities and disruptions surrounding definitions of art and activism, with particular regard to the question of “How is this art?” as it applies to Living as Form. The talk will be followed by an open discussion with the audience, moderated by artist and educator Doug Ashford. 

“Socially Engaged Art Outside the Bounds of an Artistic Discipline” is the third and final talk in a three-part series leading up to the September 24 opening of Living as Form, an exhibition that will feature both commissioned projects and an archive of 20 years of cultural works that emphasize participation, dialogue, and community engagement. The talks explore examples of socially engaged artistic practices, offering an opportunity for artists and audiences to raise key questions and further discussions around this complex field of cultural production.

The Living as Form talks kicked off with Claire Bishop’s "Participation and Spectacle: Where Are We Now?" on May 18 and continued with Brian Holmes on “Post-Fordisms and Culture” on June 30.  All Living as Form talks are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required. The exhibition itself—curated by Nato Thompson—will take place from September 24 – October 16, and will provide a broad look at a vast array of socially engaged practices that appear with increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning to visual art.  Living as Form will bring together 25 curators, document over 100 artists' projects in a large-scale survey exhibition at the historic Essex Street Market building, and create nine new commissions onsite and in the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, a dynamic online archive of over 350 socially engaged projects is being developed, along with a book to further an understanding of the breadth and complexity of this field.   

For more information on Living as Form, visit 


Since 1974, Creative Time has presented the most innovative art in the public realm. The New York-based nonprofit has worked with over 2,000 artists to produce more than 335 groundbreaking public art projects that have ignited the public's imagination, explored ideas that shape society, and engaged millions of people around the globe. 

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DATE: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 

TIME: 6:30-8pm 

LOCATION: Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square in New York City