Workshop Series

Workshop Series: Service Design, Social Practice

Whether it’s called service design, person-to-person diplomacy, social practice, or a party, community engagement and participation are dominant paradigms of our time. This workshop series will focus on the social dynamics of community-based work centered around dialog, participation, and action.

Social practice artists with backgrounds in economics, international development, conceptual art, art education, and design will be giving lectures and workshops throughout the term which allow for collaborating in community contexts, walking the line between art and life.

Workshops will be led by the following guest lecturers:

Caroline Woolard is a Brooklyn based, post-media artist. Exploring disparate forms of civic engagement, her work is collaborative and often takes form as a website, workshop, installation or performance. In the past three years, Woolard has been invited to participate in MoMA’s Audience Experiment’s Think Tank, The Walker Art Center’s Open Field, The Milan Furniture Fair, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, a Watermill residency, and an iLAND residency. As a co-founder of OurGoods and Trade School, Woolard has worked with the Whitney Museum, Exit Art, the Museum of Art and Design, Creative Time, the Bronx Museum, and the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs. This work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Fast Company, NPR, e-flux WNYC, and others. (Images from Our Goods, a project by Caroline Woolard.)

Amy Whitaker teaches and writes about the intersection of art, business, and everyday life. A member of Art Business Faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute, she has also taught courses in economics and entrepreneurship at RISD, California College of the Arts, Williams College, and Trade School, and lectured widely on art museums, creativity, and business principles. She has worked in museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and Tate, as well as for the artist Jenny Holzer and the investment firm D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P. Amy is the author of Museum Legs, an essay collection about the creative life of museums and the public life of art. Museum Legs was selected by the Authors@Google program, recommended by the Association of Art Museum Directors, and assigned as the first year summer reading book at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010. Currently a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she is at work on a new book.

Christopher Robbins works on the uneasy cusp of public art and community action, creating sculptural interventions in the daily lives of strangers. He uses heavy material demands and a carefully twisted work-process to craft awkwardly intimate social collaborations. He built his own hut out of mud and sticks and lived in it while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, spoke at a United Nations conference about his cross-cultural digital arts and education work in the South Pacific, and has lived and worked in London, Tokyo, West Africa, the Fiji Islands, and former Yugoslavia. He has exhibited at the New Museum Festival of Ideas, Trade School at the Whitney Museum,the National Museum of Wales, PERFORMA 07, Nikolaj Kunsthallen/ Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, and been awarded residencies/ fellowships from Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, Haystack, Penland, and Anderson Ranch, among others.