2013 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium
Participation, Art & Activism
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This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
More about keynote speaker Margaret Morton:
"Margaret Morton's black-and-white photographs of environments that were created by the homeless people of New York City are all about making something from nothing. Morton's respect for the ingenuity of the men and women who built these shelters is clear. The photographs capture their architectural resourcefulness, and Morton's work neither romanticizes nor sentimentalizes; it simply honors what she found: the need to have a place of one's own. As we see in her pictures, rubble and discarded wood can be as powerful as marble."
—The New Yorker
Biography: Margaret Morton's photographs of the dwellings that homeless individuals have assembled in public parks, vacant lots, along the waterfronts, beneath the streets, and in the abandoned buildings of New York City are combined with oral histories in Glass House, her book about thirty-five young squatters who set up a highly structured community in an abandoned glass factory; Fragile Dwelling (Aperture Foundation); The Tunnel: The Underground Homeless of New York City (Yale University Press and Schirmer/Mosel, Germany); and Transitory Gardens, Uprooted Lives (co-authored with Diana Balmori, Yale University Press). Morton is currently working on projects in Kyrgyzstan and Argentina.
Morton's projects have received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Graham Foundation, University of Central Asia, and the Harry Chapin Media Judges' Award from World Hunger Year. Read more...
Schedule of events: (Subject to change)
5:30 - 6:00 imPERFECT City Galleries
Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres in the galleries
6:00 - 8:00 pm Wings Foundation Auditorium
DCCA Director Maxine Gaiber Welcome Remarks
DCCA Gretchen Hupfel Curator of Contemporary Art Maiza Hixson
Welcome to Utopia: Hixson introduces the history and definition of participatory art and asks Imperfect City participants to report on their specific projects and how the aesthetics of participation could be considered productive for the construction of the contemporary city.
Imperfect City Project Presentations:
Utopia Above the Law Wall by Annette Giesecke
Peoples Park by Eric Leshinksy
Jules Bruck on Who’s Downstream?
John Muse & Jeanne Finley on Imperfect City/Imperfect State, Roadside Memorials
Lauren Ruth, DRIFT Report and Awards Ceremony
15 Minute Intermission with Hors d'oeuvres in the Auditorium
7:00 Keynote Address
Cooper Union Photographer Margaret Morton discusses her DCCA exhibition on Gardens made by homeless people living in New York City
Q & A session
Maiza Hixson, Conclusion
8:00 pm imPERFECT City Galleries
Imperfect City Festival & Performance in the galleries with Special Musical Guests and Utopian Dance Party
For more information contact Sarah Ware, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.