Chloë Bass

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ST. LOUIS — Several months ago, I made the commitment to be away from New York City, my home and native land, for the duration of this summer.

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First let me tell you what it’s like to be here.

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PHILADELPHIA — What’s the best way to engage a person in caring for someone different from him/herself?

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Greetings from the final studio days of a mostly extra-studio project.

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GREENSBORO, NC — Since I last wrote, I’ve spent most of my time with the subjects of my soon-to-be fabricated plaques: local residents of Greensboro who have lived, worked, or in one case walked, along South Elm Street for the past 15 to 55 years.

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GREENSBORO, NC — As a working artist, I spend a great deal of my time elsewhere from home.

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CLEVELAND — Artist Michael Rakowitz is working with the city of Cleveland on an unattainable goal: the removal of the color orange from the city.

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Selma is a film in which every moment has weight.

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Street

Staging a Performance with the NYPD

by Chloë Bass on December 10, 2014

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In the midst of the recent amazing outpouring of street presence supporting black lives, on Monday night I had an opportunity to witness something a little quieter. Willing Participant, a performance group led by artists Todd Shalom, Ben Weber, and Niegel Smith of Elastic City, held a simple public action that they called “disarm.”

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Articles

Between Theory and Action in Social Practice Art

by Chloë Bass on November 19, 2014

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That social practice is difficult to define is not a new problem. However, what I experienced was not so much a confusion of terms but a confusion of time: a series of talks that demonstrated the divide produced by the slowness of theory pitted against an active practice.

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