Ted Purves at the Museum of Modern Art

A Studio Conversation
June 21, 2013 6:30 pm
Museum of Modern Art 11 W. 53rd Street, New York Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, mezzanine, Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater)

Join Ted Purves, chair of CCA's Graduate Program in Fine Arts, in conversation at the MoMa. Joining him will be the artists Caroline Woolard and Shane Aslan Selzer. Woolard will discuss her work on MoMA Studio: Exchange Café, and Selzer and Purves will discuss their forthcoming book What We Want Is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art (SUNY Press, 2014). The presentations will be followed by a conversation about critical exchange in contemporary art practices. Sheetal Prajapati moderates.

Ted Purves is an artist and writer. His public projects and curatorial works investigate the practice of art in the world, particularly as it addresses issues of localism, democratic participation, and innovative shifts in the position of the audience.

His best-known projects include Temescal Amity Works, created in collaboration with Susanne Cockrell and based in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, which facilitated and documented the exchange of backyard produce over two years. His collaborative project Momentary Academy, a free school taught by artists over a period of 10 weeks, was featured in Bay Area Now 4 in 2005 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Purves has received a visual arts grant from the Creative Capital Foundation and a Creative Work Fund grant from the Elise and Walter Haas Foundation. Purves's last book, What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art, was published by SUNY Press in 2005.