Brett Cook: “Embodying Liberation: A Dialogue on Community and Healing”

Brett Cook, Reflections of Healing, 2013. Courtesy Brett Cook.

Brett Cook, Reflections of Healing, 2013. Courtesy Brett Cook.

Embodying Liberation: A Dialogue on Community and Healing

Brett Cook

Artist and Organizer, Oakland

Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
October 6, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Reserve your ticket here. 



Diverse social and political initiatives were rallying points for Berkeley’s free speech/civil rights movement fifty years ago. Today, pioneering methods for working in diverse communities continue by considering the history, culture, and expertise of the area to provide socially relevant, localized outcomes. Brett Cook will share extraordinary examples of socially engaged education including his current Reflections of Healing/Life is Living/Oakland Museum of California projects.

Participants in this dialogue will model inherently revolutionary ideas about what the practice of art can be, its societal benefits, and how it can be a force for intellectual discovery and social change. Through the exploration of progressive educational philosophies, liberation pedagogy, and contemplative exercises participants will reflect upon their own identity within artworks and community celebrations that express a variety of social and aesthetic positions.

Brett Cook is an artist and educator, who uses his creative practice and to transform outer and inner worlds of being. His museum work features drawing, painting, photography, and elaborate installations that make intimately personal experiences universally accessible. His public projects typically involve community workshops featuring arts-integrated pedagogy, along with music, performance, and food to create a fluid boundary between art making, daily life, and healing. He has received numerous awards, including the Lehman Brady Visiting Professorship at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2009, he published Who Am I In This Picture: Amherst College Portraits with Wendy Ewald and Amherst College Press. Recognized for a history of socially relevant, community engaged projects, Brett was selected as cultural ambassador to Nigeria as part of the U.S. Department of State’s 2012 smARTpower Initiative. His work is in private and public collections including the Smithsonian/National Portrait Gallery, the Walker Art Center, and Harvard University.  He is a 2014 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art.