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What is—what should be—the place of art in society? Is it merely decorative? Is it only to affirm a given set of cultural preferences? Or should it examine, challenge, even upend these norms to bring open new perspectives for those who experience what artists create?

Social practice artists offer a clear and unflinching answer to this question, setting before us works intended not merely to ask questions but to propose pathways toward large societal change.

In this volume, the work of two social practice artists of different generations and different social locations—Suzanne Lacy and Pablo Helguera—are brought into creative tension by two visionary curators: Elyse A. Gonzalez of the Art, Design & Architecture Museum of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Sara Reisman of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation of New York. Working together, Gonzales and Reisman bring the work of these two engaged and activist artists into dialogue, showing how art can be not merely the mirror of society but the means of making it more just, more inclusive, and more humane.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. iii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Elyse A. Gonzales and Sara Reisman
  3. pp. 4-5
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  1. The Schoolhouse and the Bus
  2. Elyse A. Gonzales
  3. pp. 6-15
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  1. The School of Panamerican Unrest, Project Description
  2. Holly Gore
  3. pp. 16-17
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  1. Documentation: The School of Panamerican Unrest (2006)
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. Journey Notes of Panamerica: The Social Practices of Art, A conversation between artist Pablo Helguera and Adetty Pérez de Miles
  2. pp. 25-33
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  1. Documentation: The School of Panamerican Unrest (2006) Continued
  2. pp. 34-41
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  1. Object Lessons: The Role of Material Culture in Socially Engaged Art, by Sara Reisman
  2. pp. 42-47
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  1. Skin of Memory, Project Description by Holly Gore
  2. pp. 48-49
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  1. Documentation: Skin of Memory (1999)
  2. pp. 50-61
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  1. Documentation: Skin of Memory (2011)
  2. pp. 62-67
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  1. Relationships, Materiality, and Politics in the Skin of Memory, A conversation between Suzanne Lacy and anthropologist Pilar Riaño-Alcalá
  2. pp. 68-73
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  1. Pedagogical Publics
  2. Shannon Jackson
  3. pp. 74-77
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  1. Documentation: The Schoolhouse and the Bus, AD&A Museum (2017)
  2. pp. 78-81
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  1. On Social Practice, A conversation between Suzanne Lacy and Pablo Helguera
  2. Suzanne Lacy and Pablo Helguera
  3. pp. 82-87
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  1. Documentation: The Schoolhouse and the Bus, the 8TH Floor (2018)
  2. pp. 88-90
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  1. Biogrophies
  2. pp. 91-93
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Map
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