Kenyon College

Social Practice in Contemporary Art


The work of Mellon Artist in Residence Cheryl Pope challenges us to consider issues of identity and empathy within communities. Her research brings diverse groups to the table and encourages exchange and dialog.  She is among many contemporary artists engaged in an active social practice. To find out more about social practice in contemporary art, consult the links below.

How the Art of Social Practice is Changing the world, One Row House at a Time

Carolina A. Miranda discusses the challenges of assessing social practice in contemporary art in her article in ArtNews.

Outside the Citadel, Social Practice Art Is Intended to Nurture

Randy Kennedy explores the rise of social activism among young artists in his New York Times article.

How Artists Are Helping Transform A Detroit Community

Walter Wasacz writes about a social activist project making a difference in Detroit in his piece originally published in the online journal Model D and reposted in The Huffington Post.