Art as social practice

A town-hall meeting on racial and economic issues at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis. | Photo: Regina Martinez for The Pulitzer Foundation for the ArtsStretching the elastic waistband of art seems to worry some in the art world that it will never snap back to its familiar shape. The truth is, "ART" has been stretched before and it continues to encompass every new exploration, from paintings on canvas to fur-lined teacups, from wrapped bridges to live, naked sentinels at MoMA.

I don't think we're done finding how many more ideas those three letters can hold. I think artists can bring a voice, motivating energy, and creativity to social issues in a way no-one else can. Art as social practice? BRING IT.

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