Open Engagement 2014

Open Engagement
May 16th – 18th, 2014
Queens, NY


Artists have a way of provoking new forms of being, examining and challenging the ways that we live and work, proposing alternative approaches, and suggesting ways of navigating and negotiating existing systems. What are the impacts of artists living and working in community? What is the work of art today? How has the idea of life’s work changed in the 21st century?

Open Engagement ( 2014 features keynote presenters Mierle Laderman Ukeles and J. Morgan Puett, and focuses on the theme of Life/Work. The conference examines how economic and social conditions connect to life values and philosophies, and situate the everyday in relation to larger political and social issues including labor, economics, food production, ways of being, and education.

These two seminal figures have through their practices defined and redefined how life and work can be the foundation for artistic exploration. Mierle Laderman Ukeles is a defining artist in the history of performance, feminist, and socially engaged art and has been the official artist in residence with New York City’s Department of Sanitation for over three decades. Her work models possibilities of how an artist can create long-term, sustainable alternative contexts within which to situate and create their work. J. Morgan Puett is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, fashion designer, and Co-Founder and Director of Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity). Her work explores pedagogical structures, systems of labor, sociality, ethics, and all-encompassing lived experience.

Early bird registration is now open:

Full registration will open on April 7, 2014.

Click here for the complete OE conference schedule.

Open Engagement Moves Coasts

Open Engagement is pleased to announce its move to Queens, NY from Portland, OR for its upcoming conference, May 16-18th, 2014. Open Engagement, an annual free art conference that explores various perspectives on art and social practice, will find a fitting landing point within the diverse, "micro-global” community of Corona, Queens. The 2014 Open Engagement conference is co-presented by the Queens Museum and A Blade of Grass, and will take place at the newly renovated Queens Museum, with additional programming at New York Hall of Science, Queens Theater in the Park, Immigrant Movement International, and various other locations around New York. Its new location will highlight the work being done around art and social engagement on the East Coast, further materialize this already developing network, and create a site that will connect these efforts.

Directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes in Regina, Canada in 2007, the conference went on to become a key site for people interested in socially engaged art. As in the past, Open Engagement will include a partnership with graduate programs featuring art and social engagement. This year Social Practice Queens (SPQ), a new MFA concentration that combines the resources of Queens College (City University of New York: CUNY) and the Queens Museum, will lead the partnership, which will also include a number of other New York-based programs. The unique partnership between Queens College and the Queens Museum, whose new one word mission is fittingly, openness, will provide a strong framing support for the conference. The conference will also continue its tradition of being free and open to the public.

Open Engagement News

We are pleased to announce the Open Engagement 2014 blog series, Open Engagement: 100 Questions/100 Days on Socially Engaged Art. Bloggers include: Maureen Connor, Stephanie Diamond, Claire Doherty, Bryce Dwyer, Lori Gordon, Fritz Haeg, Chelsea Haines, Katie Hargrave, Pablo Helguera, Hope Hilton, Anna Lise Jensen, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Duncan MacKenzie, John Muse, Mike Murawski, Doug Paulsen, Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Ted Purves, Sara Reisman, Jules Rochielle, Jon Rubin, Abigail Satinsky, Daniel Oliver Tucker, Lee Walton, Dan S Wang, Caroline Woolard, Stephen Wright, Sue Bell Yank, and many more.

You can find more information on Open Engagement and the 100 Questions blog at

Open Engagement is looking for community members interested in housing conference presenters traveling to New York for May 15-19. This will be a great way to connect to the ideas of the conference by bringing the conversation into your own home. Housing for conference attendees will also be provided through the Listings Project, a sponsor of OE 2014. If you are interested in housing a presenter please contact:

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