Daniel Tucker and Dan S. Wang
PRINT 653 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks
This course grows out of the 2016 exhibition Organize Your Own curated by Daniel Tucker. The exhibition took as its premise Stokely Carmichael’s fifty-year-old directive to go “organize your own” and featured contributions from forty-plus performers, artists, and writers, including co-instructor Dan S. Wang. Through a mix of curated texts and screenings and open studio production, students will grapple with the controversies and challenges of aesthetically complex political engagement in the era of Trump. Topics covered will range from activist documentation to slogan composition, from phone banking to scenario planning, from theoretical reflection to real-world intervention. Studio assignments will include printmaking, collage, documentary photography, and creative writing. Prompts will be provided while also leaving room for medium-specific and thematic concerns of the students. Finally, skill-based workshops drawing from the traditions of community organizing will be integrated into the course while maintaining a strong focus on the specific contributions that artists and designers can make to urgent discussions about new collectivity and social difference.
Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications, exhibitions and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. He has a longstanding interest in Chicago and co-founded AREA Chicago magazine, Never The Same oral history and archive, and edited the book Immersive Life Practices as part of the Chicago Social Practice History series developed by SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions & Exhibition Studies. He earned his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor and founding Graduate Program Director in Socially-Engaged Art at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. miscprojects.com.
- Dan S. Wang -
Dan S. Wang is an artist, letterpress printer, and writer excited to be co-teaching at Ox-Bow for his second time. Current projects include commissions from Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia and the Station Museum of Houston. His writings have been published internationally in journals, exhibition catalogues, and book collections. He has lectured widely, including at the Central Academy in Beijing, Documenta 11, and the third Creative Time Summit. He was a co-founder of the experimental project space Mess Hall in Chicago in 2003. His collaborative writings include the 2016 conversation-essay The Social Practice That Is Race co-authored with Anthony Romero published by the artist run Wooden Leg Press, and the 2015 critical essay In the Back of the Beyond in Global Activism from MIT Press, co-authored with Sarah Lewison.