The answer to what happens next for City University of New York (CUNY) post-pandemic will depend on expanding the ideals of low-cost, high-quality liberal studies in which culture, self-reflection, and interdisciplinary learning enrich democratic values.
Professor Gregory Sholette co-directs Social Practice Queens (SPQ), art and social justice initiative together with Professor Chloë Bass at Queens College, City University of New York. He blogs at: Welcome to our Bare Art World
Dr. Gregory Sholette is a NYC-based artist, writer, and activist whose forthcoming book, The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art (Lund Humphries, 2022) joins Dark Matter, Delirium and Resistance, and Art as Social Activism (Pluto Books, 2017) to focus on issues of collective cultural labor, protest culture, and counter-historical representation. Sholette holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam, is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Studies Program, UCSD, Cooper Union, and co-director with Chloë Bass of Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY), a new social justice initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center.
Reimagining Monuments to Make Them Resonate Locally and Personally
Instead of returning to a model of permanently memorializing an illusory and grandiloquent past, why not consider commissioning temporary commemorative works rooted in local community histories and struggles?
The Ghost Ship Fire and the Paradox of a “Creative City”
We can read into this tragedy the disastrous head-on collision of two conflicting obligations that the “creative city” imposes on itself and its residents.
The Politics of Being a Parent in the Art World
The Let Down Reflex is essential viewing for anyone engaged with issues of caring economies, so-called “women’s work,” or the question of living wages for the art world’s service workers.
On the Maidan Uprising and ‘Imaginary Archive’ in Kiev
With a sharp tug, the soot-covered tire slides free from a pile stacked over my head. Then another. And another. Soon I have fifteen tires loosened.