Carol Becker and Microutopias: Public Practice in the Public Sphere
Please join the RISD for “Microutopias: Public Practice in the Public Sphere”a lecture by Carol Becker, writer, scholar, and Dean of School of the Arts at Columbia University.
“The essential function of Utopia,” says Ernst Bloch to Theodor Adorno, “is a critique of what is present.”
Thursday, April 26, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Martinos Auditorium
154 Angell Street
Sponsored by RISD Public Engagement Network, Division of Graduate Studies, Division of Liberal Arts, and the Writing Center. With special thanks to Brown’s Center for the Creative Arts.
We are at a moment when the concepts of public and private are in transition. This complexity affects the manifestations of democracy as well as the role of artists in it. Hop have artists used the implosion/explosion of such boundaries to create actions, participative communities, and public dialogue? How do these intersect with mass protests in the agora (the assembly space of a democratic society?)
Carol Becker studied with the social philosopher Herbert Marcuse at the University of California, San Diego. As a graduate student, she helped organize for the United Farm Workers and, after earning her Ph.D. in English literature, joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an English and philosophy teacher in 1978. Becker encouraged her students to work on public projects and advocated for more contemporary critical theory courses. As she said at the time, “The school had turned its back on the city. We live in society. We all do. We don’t live in isolation. The world influences us, and we as creative people should be able to talk about it.” She went on to serve as Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs at SAIC and currently is Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts.
She is the author of The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender and Anxiety. She also is the editor of Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art and Artist in Society: Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities. Her most recent collection of essays is Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production.
Conversation with Carol Becker
Friday, April 27, 2012 – 10:00-12:00
Roots Café and Cultural Center
276 Westminster Street
Participation is limited to 25. Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat for the April 27th event. A reading by Carol Becker will be sent as confirmation.