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The Vera List Center is pleased to announce the inaugural Vera List Center Forum, an international, annual convening of key participants in the field of art and politics. If Art is Politics begins to chart the investigations and affinities proposed for the Vera List Center’s distinct curricular investigations that will be developed throughout the next two years.

If Art Is Politics considers how, at this moment of political reckoning with democratic institutions and alternatives to traditional party politics, art operates as a political practice. Can art be politically viable, and how does it acquire political agency? How does art shift and affect the sites, practices and participants of political processes in ways that traditional forms of political involvement might not? Does art allow for the embrace of a set of shared values that transcend party politics?

The VLC Forum 2018 will also feature the announcements of the finalists for and the recipient of the international biennial 2018-2020 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice and the Vera List Center Fellowships.

The forum will feature a keynote address on Thursday, Oct. 4 by artist and curator Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora). Other notable participants will include Koyo Kouoh, Nontobeko Ntombela, Carin Kuoni, Richard William Hill, Uzma Z. Rizvi and Maya Wiley.


Thursday, October 4, 2018
VLC Biennial Focus and Fellows Announcement

VLC Prize Recipient Announcement and Conversation with the Prize Jury

Keynote Jolene Rickard

Friday, October 5, 2018
VLC Fellows in Conversation with VLC Curators

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