Over the past couple of years, contemporary artist and curators have tried to incorporate political content into their work. Some artists and curators alike have faced controversy for assuming the authority and voice to speak to the struggles of others. In association with the Logan Center’s campaign “Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot,” an informal public discussion will be held to discuss this current trend politically oriented art. The conversation will focus on images from current artworks that have been produced over the past year.
Questions that will be posed: How can artists productively give agency to people in different situations than their own? What is the power of art to incite political and ideological change? Are there art historical examples of artists who have successfully communicate political ideas through their work?
Brown People Are the Wrens in the Parking Lot is a project that is facilitated by artist and University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts faculty member William Pope.L and brings together faculty, students, staff and community members at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts to reflect on issues of connectedness, home and immigration. It is comprised of a set of seemingly impromptu interventions as well as an exhibition that will be on view from November 10, 2017 through January 7, 2018 in the Logan Center Gallery.
This project was created as a service to the community of the Logan Center and beyond. We invite all those interested in learning more about the project to visit wrens.uchicago.edu.