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Mary Jane Jacob

Thursday, May 12, 6:30 pm

Gallery 223
at Ponce City Market
675 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta

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The event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.
This ART PAPERS LIVE made possible by the Jamestown Charitable Foundation.

The artist's role in social change has a long yet much-debated history. At the root of the problem are questions (if not suspicions) about what artists bring to the table and, more pointedly, what value art has. Well, value is what it is all about: what values do we hold and share? And if our values aim toward a greater good, how are artists' projects useful and beneficial to others? In this lecture, curator Mary Jane Jacob will look at how artists are enacting their values through the work they take on in the public arena. She will focus on the emergent processes that these artists employ and the potential for transformative experiences that their art offers.

Mary Jane Jacob is a curator and writer who pioneered public, site-specific, and socially engaged art as a shared practice and public discourse with the landmark programs "Places with a Past" and "Places with a Future" in Charleston, South Carolina, "Culture in Action" in Chicago, and "Conversations at the Castle" for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She has also probed creative practitioners' relationships to audiences and society in the co-edited volumes Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, Learning Mind: Experience into Art; Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society; The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists; and most recently, the five-part Chicago Social Practice History Series. Professor Jacob serves as Executive Director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies and Director of the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

See Also:
+ Planning Social Practice: An Interview with Mary Jane Jacob
+ Public Art: Consequences of a Gesture? An Interview with Mary Jane Jacob

image above: Artway of Thinking Workshop, Chicago, 2008

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This ART PAPERS LIVE made possible by the Jamestown Charitable Foundation.

ART PAPERS is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Atlanta. Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, Fulton County, GA. Funding and support has also been generously provided by AEC Trust, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the LUBO Fund.

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