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Saturday, October 5, 2013
1:00 PM


School of Social Service Administration, Lobby



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Smart Museum of Art


Public Art in Chicago Twenty Years Later

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Culture in Action, the seminal public art exhibition curated by Mary Jane Jacob as part of Sculpture Chicago in 1993, this symposium brings together past participants and artists working today to discuss its impact on the current field of community-based public art, particularly in Chicago.

Culture in Action facilitated challenging frameworks for artists working within communities to create public art, while today’s artists face similar issues in a radically changed political, social, and economic climate. Together participants and attendees will discuss what we have learned and what we have yet to learn.

1–2:30 pm | Twenty Years Later
A conversation between artist Daniel Joseph Martinez and arts writer Michael Brenson.

3–4:30 pm | Where to Now?
Panel discussion with Chicago artists and organizers Nicole Marroquin, Andres Hernandez, and Carla Mayer. Moderated by Abigail Satinsky, Associate Director, threewalls.

5–7 pm | Reception
The event will close with thoughts by artist A. Laurie Palmer, followed by a reception at the Never the Same exhibition in The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Midway Studios, 929 E. 60th Street.

This event is organized by threewalls and co-sponsored by Never the Same, Afterall, Open Practice Committee, Smart Museum of Art, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, and SAIC's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.