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Daniel Tucker

Graduate Program Director, Assistant Professor, MFA Studio Art, MFA Community Practice, MA Social Engagement


Daniel Tucker, assistant professor and graduate program director in Social and Studio Practices, is the recipient of a 2015 grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to curate an exhibition and event series this month.

Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetry of Self-Determination Movements invites contemporary artists to respond to the history of white southerners who migrated to northern cities in the 1960s and 70s and organized cross-racial social movements. The exhibition, on view at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia, January 14 – February 15, 2016, addresses historical and contemporary questions of equity, justice and race relations.

“I’ve connected with some veterans from the time period who have provided me with a number of artifacts that I will provide to the artists as resources to draw inspiration from,” Tucker said. “I’ll also have a number of poetry books and photography collections available that relate to these social movements.”

Organize Your Own will feature newly commissioned work from seven artists from Philadelphia and across the country as well as four organizations, including The Prison Neighborhood Art Project in Chicago. Associated performances, poetry readings, screenings and public art projects will take place at Slought Foundation, a gallery space near Penn’s campus.

“My interest in this subject is not only about looking at history but also at the present, as more attention is being directed towards racial justice through the Black Lives Matter movement, for example,” Tucker said.

Tucker, of Chicago, IL, works as an artist, writer, teacher and organizer, developing documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge.

He recently finished editing the book Immersive Life Practices (2014), where he interviewed Chicago-based artists about life as an art practice and art as life. He is currently producing a series of projects about the ideological spectrum. He also helped create an oral history project, Never the Same, in 2013 while an artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago.

Tucker came to Moore in 2014 to help launch two new graduate programs in Social and Studio Practices (which encompasses the MFA degrees in Studio Art and Community Practice and the MA in Social Engagement). The programs will help Moore establish itself as the region’s educational center for community arts practice.

Tucker recently helped launch “Social & Studio Conversations: In/Out: Time, Pacing and Perspective in Socially-Engaged Art,” the first in a series of annual symposia with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program that explore projects and creative thinking both at Moore and throughout Philadelphia.

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