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This lecture kicks off the new Civic Art initiative, a collaborative pedagogical and practical endeavor at the MIT Center for Civic Media in conjunction with Comparative Media Studies/Writing and the MIT Media Lab. Rebecca Uchill will offer an overview of socially-engaged art projects. An open discussion will follow about Civic Art and the direction of the new initiative. All are welcome to participate.
Rebecca Uchill is an independent curator and Visiting Faculty at Tufts University/the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is also a PhD candidate in MIT's History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture discipline group, where her work focuses on the institutional conditions for art production, display and dissemination. Her dissertation research on Alexander Dorner’s viewer experiences has received fellowship support from the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Society of Architectural Historians, New England Chapter. In 2014-2015 Uchill will be a fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.
Uchill has worked as a curator and curatorial consultant at institutions including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Mass MoCA, the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the List Visual Arts Center, and other venues. She is co-founder of the cultural event production series Experience Economies, a nomadic event-based platform for cultural inquiry and was a 2012 Cultural Producer in Residence at The Lab at Harvard. Uchill is author and editor of On Procession: Art on Parade (Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009) and Adrian Schiess: Elusive (Klaus Kehrer Verlag, 2007), and has published articles in Journal of Curatorial Studies, Future Anterior, Museum and Curatorial Studies Review, ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation, and Art Papers.