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.


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.



LOCATION:San Francisco Art Institute\,800 Chestnut Street \nSan Francisco \ , CA 94133 SUMMARY:visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series: Nato Thompson END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR