Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice
Studio and Art History
Chair Last Name: Mueller
Chair First Name: Ellen
Institutional Affiliation: UMass Dartmouth
Session Title: Intersections: Drawing & Social Practice
Socially engaged art practices are growing in popularity, encompassing more media, approaches, forms, and strategies. As Pablo Helguera articulates in Education for Socially Engaged Art, “[it] is a hybrid, multi-disciplinary activity that exists somewhere between art and non-art…. Socially engaged art depends on actual — not imagined or hypothetical — social action.” For this panel, we will be focusing on those social practices that intersect with drawing due to its familiarity, accessibility, and wide-ranging manifestations. From traditional murals and community portraits, to earthworks and conceptual acts of erasure, drawing has intersected with this field time and again. Submissions should address this junction between social practice and drawing via topics including, but not limited to, artist talks on social practice works, pedagogical approaches, art historical analysis, review of independent publications/artist books, and beyond.