Public Engagement

General Public

Hypervisibilities with Sondra Perry

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Please note the new location is the Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

This event, developed by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in dialog with Sondra Perry, brings together the work and voices of activists, artists, cultural critics, and public intellectuals to consider how art and activism are shaping one another as visual materials that are recontextualized and recirculated at increasingly accelerated rates. On Friday, October 6th at Union Docs, Perry screens a selection of works by video artists and filmmakers that use found footage to show the manifold identities of Blackness as they are expanded and and flattened in contemporary culture. The event continues at The New School's Theresa Lang Community and Student Center in Arnhold Hall on Saturday and includes two panel discussions. The first conversation will consider the contemporary professionalization of activism and the second will provide a historical account of artist communities and their related roles as activists. Through this framework we think through what tools we can draw into the present from such experiences.

Please visit Union Docs' website for tickets and additional information about the related event on October 6th.

On Saturday October 7th two conversations will be hosted at The New School's Theresa Lang Community and Student Center in Arnhold Hall.

Panel 1: The Contemporary Professionalization of Activism
12:00- 2:00pm

The first panel considers the ownership of images and how they circulate in the art world versus the realm of journalism and news media broadly. 

Gregg Bordowitz, artist
Dread Scott, artist 

Panel 2: Interacting Artist and Activist Communities

The second will consider the role artist communities have played historically and their related roles as activists. In this context we will discuss the representation of communities through such forms of activism, the material stakes for the artists representing these communities and their involvement in the communities themselves.

Alexandra Bell, artist
Greg Tate, journalist
Mia White, The New School for Public Engagement
Soyoung Yoon, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School

Image caption: James T. Green, "Animated GIF," 2015

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Vera List Center for Art and Politics


Art and Design, Humanity, Society, Social Justice, Politics, Policy and Government


Schools of Public Engagement


Fine Arts, New York City, Politics, Storytelling and Communication, Social Justice, Race and Ethnicity



Free; reservations are required at the top right button



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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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