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Panel Discussion - The Square at MIT List

  • MIT List, Bartos Theatre 20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-070 Cambridge MA 02139 (map)


Public art has emerged as a crucial issue over the past decade. In response to conditions of intensifying economic and political precarity, artists have renewed a dialogue on those social and cultural resources held in common, including media, education, language, the environment, and housing. The 2015 Wasserman Forum: Public Art and Commons, November 13-14, will examine this development with a keynote address and three panels of practitioners from the visual arts, critical theory, and political activism.  Registration for this event is required. To register click here.

Panel Discussions

11-12:30 PM – The Square

The public square has once again become an important site for political as well as artistic engagement. It serves not only as a geographic anchor, but also provides a conceptual framework for rethinking contemporary public art. This panel explores the public square as a provocative site and metaphor, focusing on its role in the work of socially engaged artists responding to developments in Egypt and Turkey.

Jasmina Metwaly (Artist and Filmmaker, Cairo)
Philip Rizk (Filmmaker and Writer, Cairo)
Hakan Topal (Artist, New York and Ankara; Assistant Professor, Purchase College, SUNY)
Moderated by Henriette Huldisch (Curator, List Center)

Earlier Event: November 13
Thomas Hirschorn at MIT List