• Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice No. 1

    Editor(s): Carin Kuoni, Chelsea Haines
    Pages: 288
    Illustrations: 153 illustrations
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  • Introduction / Carin Kuoni  7

    The Field


    That Incorribible Disturber of the Peace / Sharon Sliwinski  14

    On Dirt / João Ribas  23

    The Political in and of Art / Thomas Keenan in conversation with Carin Kuoni  36


    Ai Weiwei / Chen Tamir  48

    Shahidul Alam / Bisi Silva  54

    Karen Andreassian / Susanna Gyulamiryan  60

    Amy Balkin / T. J. Demos  66

    Bibliothèques San Frontières / Omar Berrada  72

    Giuseppe Campuzano / Ana Longoni  78

    Chto Delat / What, How & for Whom/WHW  86

    DABATEATR / Omar Berrada  92

    Etcétera / Galit Eilat  98

    Gugulective / Kathryn Smith

    Hans Haacke / Chen Tamir  112

    Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti / Galit Eilat  118

    Interference Archive / Gregory Sholette  124

    Sanja Ivekovic / What, How & for Whom/WHW  130

    Amar Kanwar / Pooja Sood  136

    Faustin Linyekula / Shannon Jackson  142

    Mosireen / Negar Azimi  148

    Marina Naprushkina / Gregory Sholette  154

    Tenzing Rigdol / H. G. Masters  160

    Issa Samb / Koyo Kouch  164

    Christoph Schäfer / CAMP  170

    Take to the Sea / Jenifer Evans  176

    Dorchester Projects


    Theaster Gates  186

    Theaster Gates: A Way of Working (Installation Images)  207


    "Some Kind of Work Simply Needs to Happen": Theaster Gates in conversation with Carin Kuoni  198

    Utopian Operating Systems: Theaster's Way of Working / Shannon Jackson  214

    Collecting Publics: The Spatial Politics of Dorchester Projects / Mabel O. Wilson  230

    Gauging the Racial Times of the Work of Theaster Gates / Romi N. Crawford  240

    Neither "Black Church" nor "White Cube" / Horace D. Ballard Jr.  246

    Learning from Chicago: Responses to Dorchester Projects from The New School Faculty / Katayoun Chamany, Julia Foules, Andrea Geyer, Richard Harper, Carin Kuoni, Mark Larrimore, Lydia Matthews, Kevin McQueen, Jasmine Rault Radhika Subramaniam  263

    Theaster Gates: A Way of Reception / Chelsea Haines and Jocelyn Edens  272

    Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics  276

    Nominated Projects  278

    Vera List Center  279

    Book Contributors  280

    Index  284

    Image Credits  288
  • "Anybody that has an ambition of practicing political mass art should read the stories in this book for inspiration and ideas. The design is unique, but this helps the text become a work of art in its turn, allowing its owner to acquire not only information, but also a piece of art to display predominantly on a shelf."


  • "Anybody that has an ambition of practicing political mass art should read the stories in this book for inspiration and ideas. The design is unique, but this helps the text become a work of art in its turn, allowing its owner to acquire not only information, but also a piece of art to display predominantly on a shelf."

  • "These projects are without fear, full of courage, and ethical commitment. Different from traditional activist practices, they are acts of civic engagement. Rather than occupying space they are about producing contexts that enable assembly, where the artists re-insert themselves, often without resources or infrastructures. But they have a democratic element to them that other people can draw from. This work aspires to create an analytical context. It is not about bringing a solution. We are doing the work together. The book in particular is a teaching project tying the values of education and social justice. Connecting those pedagogical values and ideas with the production of artists is invaluable." — Okwui Enwezor

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  • Description

    Providing a lively snapshot of the state of art and social justice today on a global level, Entry Points accompanies the inaugural Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, launched at The New School on the occasion of the center’s twentieth anniversary. This book captures some of the most significant worldwide examples of art and social justice and introduces an interested audience of artists, policy makers, scholars, and writers to new ways of thinking about how justice is defined, advanced, and practiced through the arts. In so doing, it assembles some of the latest scholarship in this field while refining our vocabulary for speaking about social justice, social engagement, community enhancement, empowerment, and even art itself.
    The book's first half contains three essays by Thomas Keenan, João Ribas, and Sharon Sliwinski that map the field of art and social justice. These essays are accompanied by more than twenty profiles of recent artist projects that consist of brief essays and artist pages. This curated and carefully considered map of artists and projects identifies key moments in art and social justice.
    The book's second half consists of an in-depth analysis of Theaster Gates's The Dorchester Projects, which won the inaugural Vera List Prize for Art and Politics. Produced to complement the project’s exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design in September 2013, this analysis illuminates Gates's rich, complex, and exemplary work. This section includes an interview between Gates and Vera List Center director Carin Kuoni; essays by Horace D. Ballard Jr., Romi N. Crawford, Shannon Jackson, and Mabel O. Wilson; and a number of responses to The Dorchester Projects by faculty in departments across The New School.

    Published by Duke University Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School

    About The Author(s)

    Carin Kuoni is Director and Curator of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School and the editor of several books, most recently Speculation, Now.

    Chelsea Haines is an art historian, curator, and writer based in New York.
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