Saturday, November 7 | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
UIC Forum, Meeting Room GHI
725 W Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL | 60607
Histories of Hull-House often recount Jane Addams’s fervent commitment to the arts – in its galleries, theaters, libraries, and studios. But Addams also used an artistic language to describe settlement life as a democratic project. Hull-House artists, reformers, and immigrants blurred the lines between art and life and put aesthetics at the center of their vision for a more socially just world. UIC Director of the School of Art & Art History Lisa Yun Lee and UC-Berkeley Associate Vice Chancellor Shannon Jackson discuss Addams’s philosophy of art and her legacy for current activist-artists.
This program recognizes a generous multiyear grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts in the United States for national and international audiences.
This event will feature live open captions for universal access to program content.
Shannon Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design at the University of California, Berkeley, and recipient of a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Her books include Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics, Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity, Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, Hull-House Domesticity, and the forthcoming, The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater. Currently she is creating an edited collection of keywords in contemporary art and performance, and is working on a book on cross-art coalition with the working title, The Way We Perform Now.
Lisa Yun Lee is the Director of the School of Art & Art History, a visiting curator at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, and a member of the Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, and Gender and Women's Studies faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa is also the co-founder of The Public Square at Illinois Humanities, an organization dedicated to creating spaces for dialogue and dissent and for reinvigorating civil society. She researches and writes about museums and diversity, cultural and environmental sustainability, and spaces for fostering radically democratic practices.