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OPC will host panel discussion on contemporary artists, issues

On Thursday, October 30, and 5:30 pm the Open Practice Committee in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month will present “Current Concerns: Contemporary Artists and Issues.”

Inspired by the themes in the exhibition Displacement, artists Geof Oppenheimer, Deb Sokolow, and Tony Tasset will discuss their approaches to contemporary social and political topics. Their strategies differ: Geof Oppenheimer’s diverse artistic practice addresses the formal manifestation of political values (ranging from fascism vs. democracy, boutique vs. homespun and detention vs. agency); Deb Sokolow constructs labyrinth-like, text-driven drawings that mix politics with humor (and an excessive amount of paranoia); and Tony Tasset makes gallery and public art in a variety of populist artistic languages to slyly critique and memorialize the current American condition

The program will be moderated by Stephanie Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art.

Thursday, October 30, 5:30 pm

Cochrane Woods Art Center
5540 South Greenwood Avenue
Room 157

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