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Arte Útil/ Useful Art: Case Studies from the Chicago Area - Workshop with Tania Bruguera and Alistair Hudson

  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 800 South Halsted Street Chicago United States (map)

An open public workshop with the Directors of the Asociación de Arte Útil, Tania Bruguera and Alistair Hudson. This will be a group activity to analyse case studies from Chicago, and participating projects of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, to be submitted into the Arte Util Archive, to be involved in the decision making processes and development of the project and to learn more about the expansive international network of Arte Util. The workshop will be supported by Leanne Greene (Curator, the Whitworth, University of Manchester and Stephen Wright (Paris based writer and co-director of the Document & Contemporary Art post-graduate artistic research program at L'École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image (EESI), France).


This program is inspired by the current exhibition “Arte Útil.” “Arte Útil”, as defined by artist Tania Bruguera, is “an idea of art as a tool for social change”. Initiated by Bruguera, the Asociación de Arte Útil is a growing international network of people and activities that promote this idea.  The project exists primarily as a growing online archive of hundreds of case studies from around the world that exemplify the concept of “Arte Útil” across categories such as urban development, science, economy, environment, and education. The archive is activated through exhibitions, meetings and exchanges that further interrogate the idea of ‘useful art’.  This Chicago iteration of the Arte Útil Archive is presented within the former library of the historic Hull-House, reactivating the room as resource for local neighborhood groups, artists and activists to exchange knowledge that may prove useful in the local context.  

“Arte Útil” (9 Sep, 2019–05 Jan, 2020) is commissioned by the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial,
 …and other such stories, curated by Yesomi Umolu, Sepake Angiama and Paulo Tavares.