Summit Description

What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? is a multi-day summit hosted by the University of Chicago and composed of a group of distinguished international artists who will propose, examine, and challenge the ways in which creative cultural resistance can broaden our collective understanding of human rights.   

Through artist performances and presentations on April 29 and a public forum on May 1, the summit will delve deeply into how artists are utilizing creative expression to frame conversations and advance action around myriad human rights issues, from criminal justice to LGBTQ rights, youth violence to poverty, immigration rights to refugee crises, and other areas where the personal intersects the political. Co-presented by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, the Logan Center for the Arts, and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

Artists: Lola Arias, Jelili Atiku, Tania Bruguera, Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, Carlos Javier Ortiz, and Laurie Jo Reynolds  

SATURDAY APRIL 29 / Artist Presentations / 9:30am - 5pm - (see event listing for more info)
MONDAY MAY 1 / Public Forum / 6 - 9pm (see event listing for more info)

Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 


Curated by Mark Bradley, Zachary Cahill, Leslie Buxbaum Danzig, Leigh Fagin, Susan Gzesh, David Levin, Steven Rings, Jacqueline Stewart, Sonali Thakkar and Yesomi Umolu (University of Chicago) and Thomas Keenan (Bard College).

What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? is presented alongside the Weinberg/Newton Gallery exhibition In Acts, featuring works by each of the summit artists. The exhibition runs April 7-June 10. More on the exhibition here.