What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation

Tom Finkelpearl (Author)

Product Details

Duke University Press
Publish Date
January 15, 2013
6.1 X 0.9 X 9.2 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Finkelpearl is Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art. He is the author of Dialogues in Public Art.


"What We Made is a good sourcebook of art that tackles politics through participation and collaboration. The author's introduction provides a useful overview of the situation in contemporary America. . . ."--Sally O'Reilly "Art Monthly "
"What We Made brings together the stars of the social practice world Rick Lowe, Tania Bruguera, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Harrell Fletcher, and more in conversations with urban planners, educators, and each other, to create a fluid and interdisciplinary dialogue about social practice and its complicated, beautiful and necessary implications in the world."--Katie Bachler "The Art Book Review "
"Finkelpearl has provided his readers with a rich description of a particular, influential movement in the art museum world. This book illustrates his own commitment to social collaboration. By presenting the conversations that make up the core of this volume, he brings this aspect of the art museum world to a larger public."--George E. Hein "Curator "
"These conversations by key practitioners and thinkers are a snapshot of thinking around the emergence of social and collaborative art, which seeks to improve society and address social issues. Finkelpearl ably situates collaborative and participatory art within the chronology of American art history."--Toro CastaΓ±o "Library Journal "
"What What We Made does, perhaps better than anything I've read so far about this particular kind of art, is utterly refrain from arriving at singular summaries or judgments. Instead, the conversations foreground the nuanced and complex social relations tied up in any artwork, but particularly collaborative artwork that draws on communities operating largely outside of the arts marketplace. And the projects Finkelpearl has chosen to discuss and feature by and large demonstrate real possibilities for genuine exchange across networks and communities."-- (04/29/2014)