- Recognizing when generosity is one sided for the benefit of the artist/facilitator and when is it mutual, reciprocal, where both parties (community & artist/facilitator) understand each other stories, truths, privileges & outlooks on the relationship/project.
“Does it give me a platform or exposure for my cause, further my way of life Of that of those in my community?” (p 4)
- art as offering
- Dinner at Janes (1993) by Suzanne Lacy- “ gathering of fourteen female world leaders whose service to their communities parallels the global import of the work Jane Addams”
- Yes. As if communities themselves are incapable. “ Charged with giving, the receiver-their audiences seen as being in need, lacking, or deficient” (p 5)
- How can art be an exchange?
- Jacob focuses on exhibition programs
- finding exhibit places outside the museum. making the “public” a valid audience
- Freire’s banking model of education, knowledge is a gift bestowed by those who consider themselves knowledgeable upon those whom they consider to know nothing. Projecting an absolute ignorance onto others, a characteristic of the ideology of oppression, negates education and knowledge as processes of inquiry. The teacher presents themselves to their students as their necessary opposite; by considering their ignorance absolute, this justifies their own existence.
“Rather than subscribing to a deficiency model, I do not believe of such audiences are lacking, that they are empty vessels that we need to fill with art history and art criticism information.” (p 5)
“Generosity exists in exchanges, like conversations, and within temporal experiences shared by a social or communal body, which are conceived as art, crafted by artists, though these generous acts might not look like art, or in fact be art but become art~like moments” (p 6)
- These contemplations also are very much aligned with what Helguera contemplates on “participation” “collaboration” and “audience”
Opening the process of art-making to others previously held at a distance is, demanding. It involves inserting them into the process and being accountable to them, while they–having become thoughtfully and constructively engaged-become accountable to us and to the art.” (p 9)
- US vs THEM
- YOU vs ME
- INDIVIDUAL vs COMMUNAL
- INTEGRATION vs SEGREGATION