2014 Visiting Artist: Rick Lowe
The Arts Research Center was delighted to host a 10-day residency with acclaimed artist and community organizer Rick Lowe. Lowe’s Project Row Houses, founded two decades ago, has created a blueprint for using urban renewal practices within an artistic context to enrich lives. Located in Houston’s Northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African-American neighborhoods, Lowe’s Project Row Houses was founded with 22 houses on a block-and-a-half and today occupies six blocks that are home to 40 properties, including exhibition and residency spaces for artists, office spaces, a community gallery, a park, low-income residential and commercial spaces, and houses in which young mothers can live for a year and receive support as they work to finish school and get their bearings.
By committing to what has been called a “politics of staying,” Lowe has been able to develop Project Row Houses into a wide ranging social service center, a center for ideas, and an influential artist residency program. The organization has developed over the past twenty years to become a site of experimentation for new economic models in sustaining social and artistic communities, particularly within the community of socially-engaged art. Lowe has been honored with the Rudy Bruner Award in Urban Excellence; the AIA Keystone Award; the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award; Loeb Fellow at Harvard University; Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art Architecture; USA Booth Fellowship; and the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
During his time on campus, Lowe presented the 2014 Regents Lecture “Social and Community Engaged Work: The Genuine and the Artificial” on Monday, November 17 (as part of the Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium) and participated in “Public Art/Housing Publics: Conversations on Art and Social Justice” on Friday, November 21, in addition to meeting with students, faculty and community organizers throughout the Bay Area involved in socially-engaged art practices.
For complete information, please visit ARC’s past event page.
Past ARC Residencies
Each year the ARC faculty are joined by prominent or emerging artists who are invited to campus for extended visits to pursue their own creative work (original research), collaborate with students and faculty, and participate in the ARC faculty seminar. In cooperation with other units on campus, these visitors also teach on campus and present their work to the general public in various forums.
Residencies of one to three months give visiting artists space and time to pursue their work; allow students to work with leading practitioners in their fields; stimulate and challenge faculty artists and scholars; and give local community members the opportunity to engage with important artists (and vice versa). Artists visiting Berkeley find particularly valuable the opportunity to interact not only with other artists, but with the University’s critics and curators, and with scholars from the humanities and sciences.
Over the past 15 years, ARC has been honored to welcome playwright, director and Berkeley alum Stan Lai (2012-2013); Campo Santo company members Sean San José and Erika Chong Shuch of Campo Santo (2009-2010); writer/director Alex Harvey and composer John Gromada (2008-2009); South African opera singer, film actress and writer Pauline Malefane (2008-2009); playwright and filmmaker Philip Kan Gotanda (2008-2009); composer and cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (2008-2009); The Builders Association Artistic director Marianne Weems (2007-2008); Touchable Stories Artistic director Shannon Flattery (2006-2007); New York-based choreographer Reggie Wilson (2005-2006); Spanish-born, Denmark-based artist Ignacio Rábago (2004-2005); fine artist Helen Mirra (2003-2004); fine artist Fred Wilson (2002-2003); sculptor David Rabinowitch (2002-2003); New York-based, Russian-born conceptual artists Komar & Melamid (2001-2002); pioneering New York musician/composer Henry Threadgill (2002-2003) and a “pilot” ARC residency with Los Angeles-based performance artist/activist Tim Miller.