Hope in the Dark: Artists as Agents for Change

When 7 Apr 2021 - 28 Apr 2021
Where Guggenheim
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
United States

Extraordinary challenges have brought new uncertainties to the present and future, though this is not the first time the world has experienced loss and hardship on a global scale. What can we learn from artists responding to the political and social moments of their time? In this course, explore work made by artists who take on difficult histories in order to be catalysts for change.

The course title references writer Rebecca Solnit’s book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities(2016) and the idea that hope “locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act.” Each session examines contemporary art from a different geographic region—covering the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Participants will learn about artists who have created works that confront traumatic histories and structural inequalities of the present, and offer hopeful visions for the future.

Learners from all backgrounds are invited to be participate in this collaborative online learning experience through live group sessions and independent creative response. Led by museum educator Maya Jeffereis, each session includes guided discussions of artworks and archival materials. Optional readings and creative activities will be offered.

About the Course

All course sessions will be led virtually through Zoom, a free video conferencing software. Participants should have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet with a microphone and internet access. A Zoom link and password will be emailed ahead of the course. All times listed in Eastern Time (ET).

  • April 7: United States
  • April 14: Latin America
  • April 21: Middle East and North Africa
  • April 28: South and Southeast Asia

This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices of Hope festival.

$160, $140 members, $120 students; includes access to all four sessions. Enrollment in the full course is required. Please register by April 4. All sessions will be recorded and shared with participants. If you have specific questions or concerns, email publicprograms@guggenheim.org.

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