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Creative Unrest: Artists Respond to Social Challenge

Oct 23, 2014, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

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#ChalkedUnarmed in the Delmar Loop.

Damon Davis

Damon Davis

Mel Chin, HOME y SEW 9, 1994. Functional, surgical first-aid kit (micro-electronic distress beacon on FM band, ACE bandage, saline, narcotic, angiocatheter, epinephrine) within a GLOCK-17 9mm handgun, 5 7/16 x 7 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches (each of 2 parts). Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy the artist.

Mel Chin, Night Rap, 1994. Polycarbide plastic, steel, wireless transmitter, microphone element, and batteries. Courtesy the artist.

#ChalkedUnarmed in the Delmar Loop.Damon DavisDamon DavisMel Chin, HOME y SEW 9, 1994. Functional, surgical first-aid kit (micro-electronic distress beacon on FM band, ACE bandage, saline, narcotic, angiocatheter, epinephrine) within a GLOCK-17 9mm handgun, 5 7/16 x 7 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches (each of 2 parts). Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy the artist.Mel Chin, Night Rap, 1994. Polycarbide plastic, steel, wireless transmitter, microphone element, and batteries. Courtesy the artist.

Thursday, October 23
7:00–8:00 pm

CAM’s current exhibitions Mel Chin: Rematch and Mark Flood: Another Painting feature contemporary art that responds to issues of inequality, injustice, violence, and powerlessness. Artists have long been catalysts for discussions about affecting change.

In the context of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, several St. Louis-based artists—including artist and community organizer Damon Davis; Mallory Nezam, guerrilla theater artist and co-organizer of #ChalkedUnarmed; mixed media artist Sarah Paulsen; and arts community organizer Ed Reggi—discuss the tradition of artist engagement with social justice, the efficacy of that engagement, and how they have personally responded to events occurring in our community.

Moderated by CAM Education Director Tuan Nguyen and Community Engagement Manager De Andrea Nichols, the forum invites dialogue with the audience about the role of contemporary artists in times of social unrest.