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Carol Becker
Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Columbia
University School of the Arts. Prior to this appointment she was Dean
of Faculty and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of numerous
articles and several books including: The Invisible Drama: Women
and the Anxiety of Change (with multiple foreign editions); Zones
of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety;
Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing
Politics of Art; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and
Social Responsibility—an edited edition, and most recently; Thinking
in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on The Role of Arts in Society. Follow her writing at:

Entries by Carol Becker

Artmaking as Irreverent Research

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 1:38 PM

There is much interest in "innovation" these days, so much so that the word has almost lost its meaning. Still, in November of this year, I accepted an invitation to participate in a symposium on that very topic. I joined professors of energy, nanoscience, computer and electrical engineering, Nobel laureates...

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Time After Us: The Social Choreography of Ernesto Pujol

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:30 PM

Like somnambulists, they walked from morning 'til night, barely acknowledging their audience. They performed Time After Us, a 24-hour walking meditation, on October 11, in lower Manhattan's St. Paul's Chapel. The site specificity of this performance, part of the annual Crossing the Line Festival organized by the French institute Alliance...

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Artists and Urban Development

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 2:15 PM

It is common knowledge that one sure way to develop urban real estate is to "Follow the Drips of Paint," as a 2012 New York Times article on Bushwick, Brooklyn, mused. Follow the artists, who move to affordable but marginal neighborhoods, as they transform them in positive ways,...

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LeRoy Neiman: Generous, Complex, Larger Than Life

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 5:31 PM

We might say of LeRoy Neiman what they say about the Rocky Mountains: He was so big, so grand, so unpredictable that he made his own weather. Born poor and neglected by his father, all his achievements were his own and came from his joie de vivre, street savvy, innate...

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