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Vera List Center Forum 2018: If Art is Politics

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We are pleased to announce the inaugural Vera List Center Forum, an international, annual convening of key participants in the field of art and politics. The Vera List Center Forum 2018 introduces the center's new 2018-2020 Focus: "If Art is Politics," and begins to chart the investigations and affinities proposed for the Vera List Center's distinct curricular investigations that will be developed throughout the next two years.

These interdisciplinary explorations are established in conversation with the publics of the center that include prominent and emerging artists, scholars, thinkers, students, curators and policy makers. Their relationships provide the framework for the center's two-year investigation of "If Art Is Politics," drawing in issues of broad resonance and urgency and grounding them in the Vera List Center's community. The VLC Forum 2018 will also provide the platform to introduce the center's new fellows as well as the recipient of the 2018-2020 Vera List Center Prize, and features among program participants curators Koyo Kouoh and Nontobeko Ntombela, scholars Richard William Hill, Uzma Z. Rizvi and Maya Wiley, with a keynote delivered by artist and curator Jolene Rickard.

"If Art Is Politics" considers how, at this moment of political reckoning with democratic institutions and alternatives to traditional party politics, art operates as a political practice. Can art be politically viable, and how does it acquire political agency? How does art shift and affect the sites, practices and participants of political processes in ways that traditional forms of political involvement might not? Does art allow for the embrace of a set of shared values that transcend party politics?

"If Art is Politics" will continue to be the Focus Theme through 2020, and inform distinct strands of investigation and constellations of research clusters. As a space of belonging for geographically, culturally and socially diverse constituencies, we explore new inclusive politics that transcend conventional political systems. The second year we will take stock of this preliminary work and consider how the Vera List Center, with its public seminars, fellowships, teaching, prize initiatives, exhibitions and publications, attends to this critical provocation: "If Art is Politics."

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
6:30-7:00pm
2018-2020 Vera List Center Biennial Focus and Fellows Announcement.

7:00-8:00pm
2018-2020 Vera List Center Prize Recipient Announcement and Conversation with the Prize Jury: Koyo Kouoh (chair), Richard Hill, Carin Kuoni, Nontobeko Ntombela, Uzma Rizvi, and Maya Wiley.

8:00-8:30pm
Keynote Jolene Rickard

Friday, October 5, 2018
6:30-8:00pm 2018-2020 Vera List Center Fellows in Conversation with VLC Curators

Participants include:
Richard William Hill, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Canada.
Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal.
Carin Kuoni, Director and Chief Curator, Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Nontobeko Ntombela, curator and lecturer, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Amanda Parmer, Curator, Vera List Center.
Jolene Rickard, (Tuscarora) artist, curator and Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Studies and Art Departments, and Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Cornell University.
Uzma Z. Rizvi, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and Visiting Researcher, the American University of Sharjah, UAE.
Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity and has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and in South Africa. She is Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School's the Milano School of Management, Policy, and Environment.

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