Image of artist Betty Yu smiling in front of a red painted fence.

Activist Art: Theory & Practice

with Betty Yu
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 • Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Applications & nominations are no longer being accepted.

This master class considers the possibilities and limitations of socially aware art. The first session will be an overview in which we’ll consider several activist artists and the causes that inspire their work. In the second, Yu will talk about her own practice. In both, theoretical and aesthetic questions will be considered, as well as practical, how-to issues. There will be a special emphasis on how collective process and community-building are essential to this work. Participants will then work in groups to develop socially aware art projects they could do with their students.

This is a three-session master class. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Betty Yu is a multimedia artist, photographer, filmmaker, and activist born and raised in NYC to Chinese immigrant parents. Her work integrates documentary film, new media platforms, and community-infused approaches. She is a co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade. Her work has been presented at the Directors Guild of America, Brooklyn Museum, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, Tribeca Film Festival’s Interactive Showcase, Queens Museum, the 2019 BRIC Biennial, and Open Source Gallery, among others. She is a recipient of the Aronson Journalism for Social Justice Award for her film Three Tours.

Session 1

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Session 2

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