Seeing Art: A Multidisciplinary, Critical Discourse On Twenty-First-Century Art Practice

Sharon Arnold, Michelle Dunn Marsh, Ryan Mitchell, Rafael Soldi

Saturday, December 10, 2016
3:00 – 4:30 pm

In the midst of numerous wars, besieged by aggressive environmental transformation and natural resource exploitation, and on the brink of another possible economic recession, how do we begin to create and advance a critical discourse that accurately describes twenty-first century art practice? This three-part discussion will examine some of the defining issues of the first two decades of the twenty-first century at the global, national, and local levels and the impact they have on artists in terms of how they work and what they create. Artists included in the exhibition To: Seattle | Subject: Personal will join professionals from various disciplines to contextualize issues such as climate change, economic recession, and the recent US presidential elections, and the ways in which artists are experiencing these phenomena and how they transmit these notions through their work.

October 15 | Global Issues

Matt Browning, artist
Anne Fenton, artist
Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum
Juniper Shuey, Co-Artistic Director and Designer, zoe | juniper

November 19 | National Issues

Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, artist and curator
Cris Bruch, artist
Danny Westneat, columnist, The Seattle Times

December 10 | Local Issues

Sharon Arnold, founder and curator, Bridge Productions
Michelle Dunn Marsh, Executive Director, Photographic Center Northwest
Ryan Mitchell, artist, Implied Violence
Rafael Soldi, artist

Buster Simpson. Woodman Triptych (Window Installation, Painted Silhouette, Street Action), 1974/2013. Archival inkjet prints in artist-made frames with hand-stained fillet, unique. Frye Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 2016.018.