CRS: Art and Activism in the Global City

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

CRS: Art&Activism in the City

Fall 2019

Taught By: Laura Y Liu

Section: AX

CRN: 5646

Credits: 4

This course, in partnership with Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB)—a cultural collective of artists, media makers and activists creating art and media to advance social justice—examines the role of place-based and place-engaged art-making in community struggles around the inequalities produced through globalization and processes of uneven urban development. The course will consider initiatives of community arts and culture organizations throughout the city, with particular emphasis on migrant neighborhoods such as Chinatowns, and other neighborhoods undergoing city-sponsored gentrification. How have artists and cultural workers addressed other issues related to gentrification—such as lack of housing, homelessness, joblessness, poverty, police brutality, environmental degradation, food scarcity, etc.—in an increasingly economically polarized city? This question is particularly pressing in neighborhoods where arts production and cultural institutions such as galleries and museums are used by urban developers as mechanisms of gentrification, and where the city is engaged in massive rezonings in disinvested and immigrant neighborhoods. In other words, how have artists countered urban redevelopment through what the NEA calls “creative place-making,” a move which potentially coopts artists and cultural producers into the forces of gentrification? Through community collaboration and creative methodology, we will look at how artists and community-focused arts organizations like CAB have used the notion of “place-keeping” as a strategy against what they call “weapons of mass displacement.” This course is a Civic Liberal Arts Course and requires significant dedication to out of class research projects. The course is co-taught by CAB co-founder Betty Yu.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:57pm 2/28/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 601

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019