Open call: Museum of Arte Útil

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(Arte Útil ) Useful Art , 2010 Sculpture Installed In Bathroom Materials: Ceramic, Water Supply Tube, Flange Bolts, Silicone Caulk, Black Paint © Courtesy of Studio Bruguera and Queens Museum of Art / photo: Queens Museum of Art
Open call: Museum of Arte Útil

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Meridian Rd.
Flushing, NY 11368
February 17th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013

Wed-Fri 10-5; Sat-Sun 12-5


Arte Útil in Spanish roughly translates as useful art, but also suggests art as a device or tool. Arte Útil imagines, creates and implements socially beneficial outcomes. The Arte Útil Lab is a working laboratory that will test hypotheses on the usefulness of art.

The artworks in the Arte Útil Lab are propositions to generate and refine our thinking through public conversation. The Lab contains projects that will be activated, as well as archival material culled from our ongoing research of existing projects. During the Lab, resident artists, working groups, and public discussions will test hypotheses, furthering the conversation and realizing new and existing Arte Útil.

The Arte Útil Lab is the first part of a year-long investigation initiated by the artist Tania Bruguera that includes an online archive, an association of Arte Útil practitioners, an open-call, a publication, and a series of public projects and debates culminating in the transformation of a building at the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands into the Museum of Arte Útil in the fall of 2013.

Participating artists in the Lab: Azra Aksamija, Tania Bruguera, Gaye Chan, Mel Chin, Núria Güell, Green Guerrillas, Hannah Hurtzig, David Pérez Karmadavis, Rick Lowe, Adrian Melis, REV-, Mierle Ukeles, The Uni Project, Krzysztof Wodiczko, and Yomango.

The Arte Útil Lab is originated by Tania Bruguera, with research by Gemma Medina. It is organized at the Queens Museum of Art by Adrianne Koteen, Prerana Reddy, and Diya Vij in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum. The Arte Útil Lab is supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Arte Útil Lab Programming


The Lab will host public workshops testing hypotheses critical to formulating the principals of Arte Útil including questions of aesthetics, ethical responsibility, sustainability, reproducibility and accessibility under these four sections: Aest-ethics: Moral Aesthetics in Arte Útil; Access & Replication Mechanisms; Project Ecosystem Management; and Usefulness as Ideology. Hypotheses will be tested by bringing experts/practitioners in to challenge or support these questions and by analyzing the case studies in the Lab. The events will be recorded in a lab book that will enter the archive.

April 6, 2013:

Usefulness as Ideology – 2-3:30pm
With guest panelists Tania Bruguera, Stephen Duncombe, Randy Martin, and Lucía Sanromán

Project Ecosystem Management – 4-5:30pm
With guest panelists Kalia Brooks, Jim Costanzo/Strike Debt, and Marisa Jahn

May 11, 2013:

Aest-ethics: Social Aesthetics in Arte Útil – 2-3:30pm
With guest panelists Tom Finkelpearl, Núria Güell, and Carin Kuoni

Access and Replication Mechanisms – 4-5:30pm
With guest panelists Azra Akšamija, Tom Kalin, and Manon Slome


April 13, 2013: Rethinking Social Services with Marisa Jahn and Anjum Asharia/-REV
April 14, 2013: Ecological & Scientific Interventions with Mary Mattingly
April 20, 2013: Shaping the Public Sphere with Damon Rich
April 28, 2013: Pedagogical Projects with


March 30, 2013: Amy Sara Carroll & Ricardo Dominguez of the Electronic Disturbance Theater presents the Transborder Immigrant Tool