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Lecture by Rick Lowe: “Art And The Social Context”

This lecture will illustrate the process of social engagement that Rick Lowe uses to develop community based projects on a number of levels. The lecture will will focus on the 20 development of Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas, Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow in Dallas, Texas, and Consumption: Kitchen of Corrections, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rick Lowe is a Houston-based artist who has exhibited and worked with communities nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York; Phoenix Art Museum; Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, Korea; the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan; and the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is best known for his Project Row Houses community-based art project that he started in Houston in 1993. Further community projects include the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, the Borough Project in Charleston, SC (with Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacobs), the Delray Beach Cultural Loop in Florida, and the Anyang Public Art Program 2010 in Anyang, Korea. Among Rick’s honors are the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence, the AIA Keystone Award, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities, the Skowhegan Governor’s Award, the Skandalaris Award for Art/Architecture, and a U.S. Artists Booth Fellowship. He has served as a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, a Mel King Fellow at MIT, an Auburn University Breedan Scholar, and a Stanford University Haas Center Distinguished Visitor. President Barack Obama appointed Rick to the National Council on the Arts in 2013 and in 2014 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

This inaugural A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture is sponsored by the School of Architecture & Allied Arts, the Departments of Architecture, Art, and Landscape Architecture.

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