Jen Delos Reyes: The Power of Love

Image: “Advice from My 80-Year-Old Self,” 2011. Courtesy The Estate of Susan O’Malley   “All the great movements for social justice in our society have strongly emphasized a love ethic.” – bell hooks On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party (BPP) Open Engagement finds itself in the city that gave […]


Amy Balkin: POWER and San Francisco’s Prelinger Library

San Francisco’s Prelinger Library is self-described as an “independent research library…open to anyone for research, reading, inspiration, and reuse.” I posed a set of questions to Megan Prelinger, the library’s co-founder, as a way to learn about POWER in the context of the Library. Her responses reflect on and extend the work of the library’s twelve years of […]


A Conversation with Suzanne Lacy

The longtime artist, writer, and social activist creates socially engaged art that stimulates dialogue about race, inequality, and social justice This spring, the Oakland Museum of California hosts Open Engagement, an annual three-day, artist-led conference dedicated to socially engaged art. This year’s event, which takes place April 29–May 1, addresses the theme of power. Los […]


Nato Thompson: Be Careful What You Wish For

I would like to take this opportunity to perhaps provide a few warnings to the phenomenally growing field of socially engaged art/public practice/whatever you want to call it. As many of us have seen, the conversation around art and community has grown, and with that growth has come some foreseeable and some not so foreseeable […]


The Hidden Curriculum Part 5: Karaoke

The Hidden Curriculum understands translation and language in the broadest, most creative and expansive way. This is the fifth translation made by The Hidden Curriculum, a project currently in its pilot form. This project assembles translations from a diverse set of texts that are deemed central to artistic production by individuals from different cultures, ethnicities, languages, […]


The Hidden Curriculum Part 4: The Sandwich

The Hidden Curriculum understands translation and language in the broadest, most creative and expansive way. This is the fourth translation made by The Hidden Curriculum, a project currently in its pilot form. This project assembles translations from a diverse set of texts that are deemed central to artistic production by individuals from different cultures, ethnicities, languages, gender […]


The Hidden Curriculum: Part 3: Body Language Workshop organized by Gabriela Vainsencher

The Hidden Curriculum understands translation and language in the broadest, most creative and expansive way. This is the third translation made by The Hidden Curriculum, a project currently in its pilot form. This project assembles translations from a diverse set of texts that are deemed central to artistic production by individuals from different cultures, ethnicities, languages, gender […]


The Hidden Curriculum: Part 2 : Hunger

The Hidden Curriculum understands translation and language in the broadest, most creative and expansive way. This is the second translation made by The Hidden Curriculum, a project currently in its pilot form. This project will assemble translations from a diverse set of texts that are deemed central to artistic production by individuals from different cultures, […]


Michel Tuffrey – The Transformative ‘Power’ of Art

“I’m not a social worker, I’m an artist who’s trying to create a conversation”, Michel Tuffery (2012). It’s an important distinction for the artist, whose holistic practice has seen him work in an increasingly social realm, collaborating with a wide range of communities to produce art together. Based on a deeply held belief in the […]


Sue Bell Yank: Just Keep Talking about Beyoncé

                It is just after the 2016 Super Bowl, and I keep stumbling across Beyoncé. This may not seem surprising, but I’m not a pop culture maven in the least. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl; I don’t even have cable. I don’t have much opinion on Beyoncé’s […]