The Vera List Center for Art and Politics (VLC) at The New School is pleased to present the VLC Forum 2022, an annual international convening of key participants in the field of art and politics. Taking place both in person and online from Thursday, October 20, through Saturday, October 22, this year’s forum celebrates the center’s 30th anniversary and is organized within the framework of the VLC’s two-year investigation of Correction*.

Three days of programming will provide myriad radical, joyous, and forward-looking entry points to new understandings of art, politics, and inclusive political empowerment. This year’s event will feature a keynote lecture by Shuddhabrata Sengupta, a concert by the jazz trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty, a preview of Anna Martine Whitehead’s FORCE! an opera in three acts, a panel on experimental arts organizations, a communal dinner, and presentations by the new VLC Fellows. Curator and jury member Wanda Nanibush will also announce the 2022–2024 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice recipient and the four Jane Lombard Fellows, finalists for the prize.

These programs are accompanied by the exhibition Labor of Love: Vera List Center for Art and Politics at 30. Centered around five central themes of democracy, knowledge, identity, ecology, and care, it features archival documents on the VLC’s 30-year journey. Also on view is a three-part video installation, The Speeches Series, by former VLC Fellow artist Bouchra Khalili. As common threads surface throughout the exhibition, VLC subjects its own history to a self-critical course of correction and challenges both archival and curatorial practices.

The Vera List Center was founded in 1992 — while debates raged over speech, identity, the role and responsibilities of art, and a rapidly transforming geopolitical landscape — as a place to further those dialogues, and lay the groundwork for action. The center continues that work today, bringing together a diverse, global community of artists, scholars, and policymakers in the service of positive change.

For more information and to register, visit veralistcenter.org.

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