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The Arts Research Center 2014 Artist-in-Residence: Rick Lowe

The Arts Research Center 2014 Artist-in-Residence: Rick Lowe
November 17-November 24, 2014

The Arts Research Center is delighted to host acclaimed artist, community organizer, and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe in a ten-day residency on the UC Berkeley campus.

Lowe has long been a leader in community art practice and neighborhood development, especially with the success of his project, the Project Row Houses. During his time on campus, Lowe will present the 2014 Regents Lecture “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” on Monday November 17 and participate in the symposium “Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice” on November 21. He will engage in class visits, studio critiques, and tours of innovative art and architectural projects with ARC’s partners throughout the Bay Area.

Complete Residency Schedule Below, by date
Visit ARC Reads for recommended readings on Rick Lowe and his work

Monday, November 17

9:00am – 3:00pm
The Creative Time Summit Rebroadcast

Co-hosted with CCA Graduate Fine Arts Department
a project by Professor Stephanie Syjuco’s ART163 Social Practice class
Wurster Hall, Room 178, UC Berkeley
Open to the public, RSVP requested
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For the 2014 streaming event, we are delighted to once again coordinate with both Creative Time and CCA’s Graduate Fine Arts Department, in addition to Stephanie Syjuco’s Social Practice class project. From 9:00am-12:00pm, Lowe will engage with students, faculty, and the public as we rebroadcast the second day of Summit taking place in Stockholm. The remainder of the day, 12:00pm-3:00pm, will be open to the public to watch the Summit, converse among fellow participants, and have a coffee on ARC!

2014 Regents Lecture with Rick Lowe

Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial
as part of the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
Co-presented with the Regents Lecturer Program
The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
Open to the public, RSVP requested
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Rick Lowe is an artist and community organizer and founder of Project Row Houses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. In September, 2014, Lowe received a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” for his visionary work in purchasing and restoring twenty-two shotgun houses to create an arts venue and community support center. For his Regents Lecture, “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” Lowe will speak on socially engaged art and activism.

Tuesday, November 18

Studio Visits with Art Practice MFA Graduate Students

Off-Campus Richmond MFA Art Studios
Closed meetings
Rick Lowe will meet with several UC Berkeley Art Practice MFA graduate students to engage with their work and talk through community engagement, a theme that is central to Lowe’s practice.

Possibilities for Art on the Greenway: Tour of the Richmond Greenway project

Various locations, Richmond CA
Limited space/RSVP required
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Visit and tour of the Richmond Greenway project, a revitalization project funded by State Prop 84 grant, a Google grant, and a Land Trust grant, with stops along the way at Elm Playlot and Scientific Art Studio. Join Rick Lowe, the Arts Research Center, Pogo Park, Richmond’s Arts & Culture Manager, and members of city’s Arts and Culture Commission, as we learn about the former railway line being transformed into a walking/biking trail with community gardens, extensive murals, recreation areas, and an outdoor education kiosk.

Wednesday, November 19

Meeting with Stephanie Syjuco’s Social Practice class

Closed class discussion
Rick Lowe will meet-up with Stephanie Syjuco’s Social Practice at ART SCHOOL X to explore the ideas touched upon during the Creative Time Summit Rebroadcast on Monday. Closed class discussion.

Tour of the San Pablo Corridor

Closed event
Walter J. Hood, UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, will tour Rick Lowe and a small group through the pending redevelopment of the San Pablo Corridor in Oakland. The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), along with Hood and our group, will look to Lowe to engage with the Corridor and possible envisioning of the space and flow.

Thursday, November 20

Public lecture and discussion forum with Rick Lowe

Wurster Hall, Room 112
College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Open to the public, RSVP requested
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On Thursday morning, Rick will provide an introduction to Project Row Houses, and then participate in an extended question and answer session moderated by C. Greig Crysler, Arcus Chair Of Gender, Sexuality & The Built Environment & Associate Professor of Architecture, and Anna Goodman Ph.D Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture.

Meeting with Bay Area funders

Office of the San Francisco Foundation
Closed event
Given the recent emphasis on community engagement, foundation and city arts funders will be in dialogue with Rick Lowe to learn from his 20 year practice, and to have a focused discussion about important issues related to funders’ interpretations of community engagement through the arts.

First Look Benefit Event

Headlands Center for the Arts
Public welcome with paid ticket
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Rick Lowe will be a featured guest at the Headlands Center for the Arts First Look Benefit Event.

Friday, November 21

Criminal Justice and the Community Class Discussion

Dwinelle Annex, Room 201, UC Berkeley
Class discussion, limited space/RSVP required
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Rick Lowe will meet with Associate Professor Nikki Jones’s Criminal Justice and the Community class to talk about making change at the community level, a theme that runs through the course, with a focus on the expansion of the criminal justice system since the mid-20th century and the entrenchment of the system in distressed urban neighborhoods in the post-Civil Rights era. Class discussion with limited public seats.

Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
Open to the public, RSVP requested
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The Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice symposium will explore innovative collaborations across cultural and social justice sectors. How can we sustain affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods in our communities? How can we sustain a thriving artistic life for our citizens? Most importantly, how can we answer both of these questions together?

Timed to coincide with Rick Lowe’s residency, participants will include artists, scholars, civic organizers, and affordable housing developers from around the Bay Area, including Shannon Jackson, ARC Director; Rick Lowe; Walter J. Hood, UC Berkeley Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design;  Jordan Simmons, Artistic Director, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts; Raquel Gutierrez, YBCA In Community Program Manager, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Elena Serrano, Executive Director, Eastside Arts Alliance; and Amanda Eicher and OPENrestaurant; among others.

Saturday, November 22

Artist-Led Field Trip
Sites in SF/Bay Area + Marin

Limited space/RSVP & small $25 admission fee required
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In honor of Rick Lowe’s ARC residency, artist Binta Ayofemi will guide a small group of guests through Land/Trust, a field trip to a constellation of sites in and around San Francisco exploring the land trust and food shed as a utopian form. We’ll begin with a walkthrough of the SF Ferry Building as an urban | farm interface, stop at Golden Gate Park for an exploration of permeable architecture, and continue through the Headlands to Point Reyes National Seashore, visiting farms and stations as examples of land innovation, abundant economies, and practical application. The tour will end in Berkeley.

Monday, November 24

Tour of International Boulevard Cultural Plazas, Oakland

Various locations
Please email to join this tour
Elena Serrano, Executive Director of Eastside Arts Center, will host a small group with Rick Lowe as we tour along five sites on International Boulevard in Oakland. Afterwards, we will gather at Eastside Arts Center to explore the collaboration between Eastside and Oakland community organizations.

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