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How are artists contributing to change today?​ Some say artists have always been at the forefront of cultural change, frequently pointing us in the direction of a more equal and democratic society. Often before the rest of the culture is ready, the artist plays a central role in questioning assumptions, visualizing new structures, and picturing a better world to live in. Hear from a cross-disciplinary panel moderated by Sarah Lewis, associate professor at Harvard University; a leading commentator on race, contemporary art, and culture; and a much-viewed TED speaker.

Featuring: Vijay Gupta, esteemed violinist, founder of Street Symphony, and a MacArthur “Genius Award” winner, who is also a popular TED speaker; Hồng-An Trương, an artist using photography, sound, video, and performance, whose work has been shown at venues including the International Center for Photography, The Kitchen, and the Museum of Modern Art; and Hank Willis Thomas, a conceptual artist whose work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; and Hong Kong Arts Centre; and who collaborates on the artist-run initiatives for civic engagement For Freedoms and the Wide Awakes.

This evening, presented with the James Gallery and Center for the Humanities, is part of CHANGE, an online event series, fall 2020. This time of extraordinary social upheaval demands — and presents new opportunities for — change. In this weekly series, learn from leading thinkers and explore ways to create a more equal and democratic society.

CHANGE is produced by The Graduate Center’s Office of Public Programs as part of the Promise and Perils of Democracy project with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.