Category Archives : Past Events


2014 Artist-in-Residence: Rick Lowe

November 17-November 24, 2014

The Arts Research Center is delighted to host a 10-day residency with acclaimed artist, community organizer, and 2014 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Rick Lowe. Lowe has long been a leader in community art practice and neighborhood development, especially with the success of his project, the Project Row Houses. During his time on campus, Lowe will present the 2014 Regents Lecture “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” on Monday November 17 and participate in the symposium “Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice” on November 21. He will engage in class visits, studio critiques, and tours of innovative art and architectural projects with ARC’s partners throughout the Bay Area. Click for more information and to RSVP to events.

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Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice

Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice symposium will explore innovative collaborations across cultural and social justice sectors. How can we sustain affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods in our communities? How can we sustain a thriving artistic life for our citizens? Most importantly, how can we answer both of these questions together? Timed to coincide with the residency of UC-Berkeley Regents Lecturer, Rick Lowe of Project Row Houses, participants will include artists, scholars, civic organizers, and affordable housing developers from around the Bay Area.


Creative Time Summit: Stockholm Rebroadcast

November 14 & 17, 2014
Day One of Creative Time Summit at CCA
Day Two of Creative Time Summit at UC Berkeley

For the 2014 streaming event, we are delighted to once again coordinate with both Creative Time and CCA’s Graduate Fine Arts Department, in addition to Stephanie Syjuco’s Social Practice class project ART SCHOOL X. On Monday, at UC Berkeley, we will welcome ARC Artist in Residence Rick Lowe from 9:00am-12:00pm as he engages with students, faculty, and the public as we re-broadcast the second day of Creative Time Summit taking place in Stockholm. The remainder of they day will be open to the public to watch the Summit, converse among yourselves, and have a coffee on ARC!

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Sam Durant’s installation, “We Are the People,” on view at Project Row Houses in 2003. Photo by Rick Lowe, courtesy Project Row Houses.

Rick Lowe: “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial”

November 17, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm
The David Brower Center, Berkeley CA

Rick Lowe is an artist and community organizer and founder of Project Rowhouses, a community-based arts and culture organization in one of Houston’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. In September, 2014, Lowe received a MacArthur Foundation “genius award” for his visionary work in purchasing and restoring twenty-two shotgun houses to create an arts venue and community support center. For his Regents Lecture, “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” Lowe will speak on socially engaged art and activism.


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A Week of Socially Engaged Art: October 6-12, 2014

Dive in and out of a week-long series of events, and meet artists and institutions that are making waves in the evolving practice of Socially Engaged Art!   This week, the Arts Research Center is partnering with the Center for Art and Inquiry at the Exploratorium as well as New York’s Blade of Grass, to program a series […]