Social Practice Stories

Jim Duignan, A Plea for Playgrounds, 2014

State of Play

Sammi Skolmoski (MFA 2016)

Jim Duignan—artist, educator, and Chicago native—has a heightened awareness of his surroundings that is very present in his work. On his information page for the Stockyard Institute, his Back of the Yards–based neighborhood outreach project created in… Read more »

Participants at the Final Meals event at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Photo: Emerson Granillo (BFA 2011)

Serving Time

Sammi Skolmoski (MFA 2016)

On October 25, a large group of community members including the SAIC-convened College Consortium for Art in Society, local government officials, and collaborative artist group Lucky Pierre gathered in the Residents’ Dining Hall of the Jane Addams… Read more »

Participants at the "rerouted" lunch. Photo: Grace Johnston (MDes 2015)

Conversations over a Rerouted Lunch

Jac Kuntz (MA 2016)

Three weeks after visitors packed the Sullivan Galleries for the opening reception of A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action, SAIC’s downtown exhibition space was now set for another form of group experience. Stacked metallic lunch… Read more »

Photo: Marissa Lee Benedict

A Lived (Living) Practice: J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane, and the Mildred Complex(ity)

Marissa Lee Benedict (MFA 2011)

In attempting to outline the practice(s) of J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane and the Mildred Complex(ity) to my students this past week, it occurred to me that the hardest part is finding a place to begin. It’s… Read more »

Michael Rakowitz, Every Weapon Is A Tool If You Hold It Right, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Michael Rakowtiz.

Inverting Invasive: Michael Rakowitz

Jeremy Ohmes

Carp is a much maligned and misunderstood fish. You don’t find it on many menus, at least in the United States. Most anglers don’t brag about catching carp. And it is commonly known as a trash fish—a… Read more »

Pablo Helguera Pablo Helguera (BFA 1993). Photo: Jerzy Rose

Gym Class: Pablo Helguera

Bridget Esangga

Pablo Helguera (BFA 1993) is the Director of Adult and Academic Programs of the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and an artist who uses the tools of education to… Read more »

Temporary Services, Publishing Clearing House, 2014, part of the Sullivan Galleries exhibition, A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action. Sketch by Kione Kochi.

Power through Publishing: Temporary Services

Troy Pieper (MA 2015)

The artist group Temporary Services (Brett Bloom and Marc Fischer) has existed, with several changes in membership and structure, since 1998. Their name reflects the desire to provide art as a service to others in order to… Read more »