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Maria Thereza Alves (Ben Thomas, Arnolfini, Bristol 2016)

Join the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics at The New School – the only organization focused exclusively on advancing research, scholarship and public discourse on contemporary issues at the intersection of art and politics – in celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Vera List Center Prize Conference 2016-18 on November 3-4. The conference looks at the urgent and necessary work of Prize-winning Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves, as well as that of the five Prize finalists: Forensic ArchitectureGulf LaborHouse of Natural Fibers (HONF), Isuma TV and MadeYouLook.

Centered on Alves’ exemplary Prize-winning project Seeds of Change and the practices of the finalists, the conference will assemble artists, cultural leaders, scholars, curators and policy makers who will explore the field of art and social justice over two days of vigorous conversations and lively events (Friday, Nov. 3, 12-4:30pm; Saturday, Nov. 4, 12-5:30pm). Friday, Nov. 3 will culminate in a keynote and presentation of the Prize to Alves (6-6:45pm), followed by the opening of her exhibition Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization (6:45-8pm).

All events are free and open to the public.


Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization will be on view in the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design from November 3-27. The prize exhibition is organized by director and chief curator Carin Kuoni and curator Amanda Parmer, and is made possible by the Prize Founding Supporters: James Keith (JK) Brown and Eric Diefenbach, Elizabeth R. Hilpman and Byron Tucker, Jane Lombard, Joshua Mack, and The New School.

Hyperallergic is the exclusive media partner of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016-2018.

Conference Program and Registration
To register, please click here.

Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4
Friday, November 3: Keynote address and exhibition opening 6pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
55 West 13th Street, second floor.

Please check the Vera List Center for Art and Politics website or the Center’s Facebook page for the full program and any updates.

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