Bring your lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 from 11:30-12:30 pm for a presentation on socially engaged public art by Micaela Martegani (Executive Director of More Art) and Jeff Kasper (Artist, Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst). Kasper and Martegani, co-editors of More Art in the Public Eye, will discuss their book and offer critical insight into the ever-growing field by demonstrating how the committed collaboration of artists, community members, and cultural producers can meaningfully impact our collective futures.
The presentation is FREE and open to the public. Signed books will be available for purchase via credit card or Venmo at a student discount.
About the Speakers
Usually cited as a social practice artist, educator, and arts organizer, Jeff Kasper’s work spans design-facilitation, public programs, and various media, including: text, video, and participatory experiences. His work over the years has been dedicated to disability aesthetics, re-imagining public space, and building arts support infrastructures as an artist working in arts management and social planning. He has presented his work internationally and recently received residencies, fellowships and project support from Downtown Art, CUE Art Foundation, Art Beyond Sight, OCAD, Social Practice Queens, NYFA Immigrant Artist Program in Social Practice, and EFA Project Space.
Micaela Martegani has been involved with art since an early age, and has worked as an art historian, curator, and advisor. She is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of More Art, an organization that she founded in 2004 as a way to help make contemporary art more accessible to the general public, and Adjunct Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts. She believes that art has great connective potential because it offers ways of communicating that are direct yet non-threatening. Art can change people’s outlook on life, and, in particular, it can have a fundamental impact on the most vulnerable or neglected members of our society.