Art and Activism: A Conversation with Nato Thompson

Wed. March 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

UVa Minor Hall - 125

UVa Central Grounds, 102 Amphitheater Way, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Sponsored by: UVa McIntire Department of Art and The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative


Nato Thompson (Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century) will discuss his work with the arts organization Creative Time as well as the role of the arts in political engagement and activism.

Why should you attend?

“Like an updated version of John Berger’s groundbreaking Ways of Seeing, Nato Thompson’s Seeing Power delivers a smart, accessible introduction to the prevailing artistic predicaments of our time. Written by one of our leading public intellectuals, it covers a wide range of key issues from the cultural politics of Occupy Wall Street; to the use and abuse of accumulated social capital; to the perennial antagonism between sophisticated cultural ambiguity and didactic, artistic impact. Seeing Power is a twenty-first-century user’s manual for the social responsible artist, critic, and curator.”—Gregory Sholette, author of Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture

Thompson, Nato, Seeing Power