Leading up to the opening of Living as Form, Creative Time presented three public talks to further the discussions surrounding socially engaged practices.

Claire Bishop (May 18), Brian Holmes (June 30), and Living as Form curator Nato Thompson (August 2) delivered presentations that framed key questions about the complex field of cultural production, followed by moderated conversations with art historians, artists, and educators. All talks were presented in partnership with The Cooper Union School of Art and were free and open to the public.


Claire Bishop

Participation and Spectacle: Where are We Now?

Claire Bishop is an Associate Professor in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, as well as an internationally recognized scholar and curator of contemporary art. Her critical work focuses on socially engaged art and theories of spectatorship.

Brian Holmes

Post-Fordisms and Culture

Brian Holmes is an art critic, cultural theorist, and activist based in Paris and Chicago whose work centers on the mapping of contemporary capitalism and the intersections of political and artistic practices. He is a Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

Nato Thompson

Socially Engaged Art Outside the Bounds of an Artistic Discipline

Nato Thompson is Chief Curator at Creative Time and is the curator of the Living as Form project. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including Bookforum, Frieze, Art Journal, Artforum, Parkett, Cabinet and The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. His book Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production is due out by Melville House in January 2012.