Featured Artist – Open Engagement

from 18.05.2012 – 20.05.2012 /
Department of Art. Portland State University
Organized by Jen de los Reyes

@John Spiak / @John Muse


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Open Engagement is a free annual conference on socially engaged art. Directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes and planned in conjunction with Harrell Fletcher and the Art and Social Practice students.

This year’s conference features keynote presenters Tania Bruguera, Shannon Jackson, and Paul Ramirez Jonas. The work by these artists and scholars touch on subjects including politics, economies, education, and representation.

Each year the conference themes are directly related to the current research and inquiry of the students in the Art and Social Practice program at Portland State University. Students and faculty work together to select the featured presenters, who then also become faculty in the Art and Social Practice MFA program.  Open Engagement fosters both local, national and international dialogue and partnerships around socially engaged art making.


. Friday May 18


3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Roberto Tejada and Tania Bruguera

Shattuck Hall Annex

This program will be a conversation about artists, activism, and the role of art in social change. Sharing a Latin perspective and an interest in immigrant communities, the two will discuss Tejada’s work on Chicano culture and the Latin American diaspora as it relates to Bruguera’ Immigrant Movement project. Tejada and Bruguera have been friends since the early 1990s when both lived in Mexico City. Their familiar relationship and overlapping concerns will provide an in-depth discussion of public and socially engaged art in a global-culture context.

. Sunday May 20


1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tania Bruguera

Shattuck Hall Annex


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Paul Ramirez Jonaz, Tania Bruguera

Moderated by Jen Delos Reyes with representatives from each theme

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