Spring 2018 Advanced Practice: MetroPractice: Artist in the World – Jane Philbrick

MetroPractice: Artist in the World

Jane Philbrick

Tuesdays 3:50 – 6:50 PM

CRN: 6311


Carrie Mae Weems, “Project Row Houses” (from The Museum Series), 2006–present. Digital chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
In The Invention of Art: A Cultural History, philosopher Larry Shiner traces the rise of  autonomous (modern) art to the eighteenth-century divide of the artist/artisan that created distinct categories of fine art and craft. Lowly craft was attached to purpose and place, while fine art aspired to lofty realms of contemplation and reflection. By the mid-twentieth century, art critic and philosopher Arthur C. Danto pronounced art’s end as the self-aware art object fulfilled its meaning-making quest. Today artists reach beyond the confines of the art object to directly engage a world of dynamic uncertainty. Pre-modern concerns of purpose and place, no longer staid and predictable, are highly charged and urgent issues of identity and agency in a global context of ecological crisis and growing inequality. In MetroPractice, we explore the work of artists building new models of how we live, learn, and work together as individuals and neighbors in the global community. Artists include Rick Lowe (Project Row House), Theaster Gates (Rebuild Foundation), Mark Bradshaw (Art + Practice); precedent practices of artists such as George Maciunas (Fluxhouse), Hans Haacke (“Harold Shapolsky”) Stephen Willats (“West London Manual”), Mierle Laderman Ukeles (“Touch Sanitation”); architecture (Rural Studio, The Architects Collaborative); urban planning, land use regulation, energy, and real estate finance. MetroPractice artists propose and develop a project to remake our world.

Jane Philbrick’s large-scale installations and sculpture range in media from ultrasound and rammed earth to magnetic levitation and found space. She works in collaboration across disciplines in science and engineering, architecture, music, and performance. Exhibitions include: Pratt Manhattan Gallery; MASS MoCA; The Andy Warhol Museum; Museum of Sketches, Lund University (Sweden); Location One; Wanås Foundation (Sweden); Ron Feldman Gallery (with Creative Capital). Her writing is published in MIT Press; Afterall; Chain; Harvard Journal of Real Estate; Harvard South Asia Institute; Loeb Fellowship, Harvard Graduate School of Design. Appointments/residencies include: Residency Unlimited (2018); Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), MIT; Location One; AS220; Artspace New Haven; MacDowell Colony. Philbrick holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a master’s from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Philbrick’s primary project is disruptive community-based real estate development — the artist working at the scale of the village, the town, and the city block. This is a material practice (the physical world, built and natural) and immaterial (the social, a civic discourse). Tools range from design, finance, and policy to urban theory, soil science, activism, and poetics. The task is equitable, ecological, compassionate society, from the ground up. Build, baby, build.