Local art historian Susan Noyes Platt, Ph.D., will be giving a talk tonight at Elliott Bay Books promoting her recent book, Art and Politics Now: Cultural Activism in a Time of Crisis.
A critical analysis of contemporary, politically-engaged art, Art and Politics Now considers both theory and practice among contemporary artists who are pursuing social and political engagement around issues such as opposition to war, terrorism, racism, borders, and the violation of the earth. She discusses a variety of types of art, including street protests and gallery art, examining both individual artists and exhibitions as political endeavors expanding the concept of art that engages political and social issues.
The book is an examination of art that deals with political and social concerns, including folks like Maya Lin, Marita Dingus, Deborah Faye Lawrence, Cai Guo Qiang and many more. Susan also has a related blog here.
Where: Elliott Bay Books
Time: 7pm, free
Also, if you're feeling less political but still need an art fix, don't forget about Forecast which opens tonight.