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Art in Need of a More Open Engagement

by Corinna Kirsch on April 23, 2015
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I’m an art critic; I don’t often get asked about how I’m working toward revolution. Looking around the city’s museums and galleries, it’s hard to figure out how optically pleasant paintings enact social change. Outside the galleries, there’s activist groups like Occupy Museums or W.A.G.E. that nod to revolution by targeting institutions. Either way, the focus remains on art and art institutions, which can leave the soul feeling empty.

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Open Engagement: What Happened Over the Weekend

by Corinna Kirsch on April 20, 2015
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In the world of social practice, artists don’t always know what their colleagues are doing. That’s my first take on Open Engagement (O.E.), an annual conference; this year it ran at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The conference itself surely helps remedy that, since it gathers together all types of S.E.A. (an acronym for socially engaged art used by the conference).

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Day One at Open Engagement: The Food Is Great

by Corinna Kirsch on April 18, 2015
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Highlights, tidbits, and news from Open Engagement in Pittsburgh.

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Open Engagement Saturday: Focus on Newtown Creek Armada

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on May 21, 2014
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In the summer of 2012 The Newtown Creek Armada invited people to visit New York’s sewage plant and play with their remote controlled water boats. The plant is located on the Newtown Creek, which was made a superfund site in 2010 due to its extreme pollution levels.

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Open Engagement Sunday Recap: This Is Amazing

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 21, 2014
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Open Engagement, the conference for social practice art-makers opened ran for three days last weekend. The busiest day, Sunday, included presentations by Sara Reisman, Edgar Arceneaux with Kevin Krapf, Jay Erker, Piero Passacantando, Aliya Bonar, and Deana Haggag with Ginevra Shay.

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Open Engagement Comes to New York

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on March 26, 2014
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Art and social activism’s biggest conference lands in New York, specifically Queens.

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