In a lecture presented by the MFA Art Criticism and Writing Department, artist Francis Cape discusses the role of social critique in his work. According to Cape, “Art’s ability to critique society may do no more than make us feel sanctimonious. If it is to successfully espouse values obscured by the hegemony of capitalism and its monoculture, it must embody, not merely address, those values. I mean to talk about these thoughts with reference to a recent project on communalism in America.”
Cape apprenticed with master carver Dick Reid before receiving his MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 1993 he moved to New York City. Following a decade or so of architectural interventions that addressed the inseparability of art from its context, he turned to work that confronted issues outside the studio and gallery circuit. One body of work explored the connection between communities in New Orleans after Katrina and his own community in upstate New York. More recently, his project “Utopian Benches” dwelt on the tradition of American communalism and on values outside of the mainstream.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:30 – 7:30pm
Free and open to the public