Artist Talk, Free, Talks

SOFT POWER Artists’ Discussion

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

7 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1

This event is at capacity. Rush tickets may be available 30 minutes prior to the start of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Footage of this event will be simulcast in the Koret Education Center on Floor 2.

Witness an informal discussion between artists participating in the contemporary art exhibition SOFT POWER, which features new commissions and recent works by twenty international artists. In this unscripted event, nearly all of the artists will be present and in dialogue with each other and Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art, and Jovanna Venegas, assistant curator of contemporary art, about the concepts and processes that led to the work on view.

SOFT POWER considers the ways in which artists deploy art to explore their roles as citizens and social actors. Appropriated from the Reagan-era term used to describe how a country’s “soft” assets such as culture, political values, and foreign policies can be more influential than coercive or violent expressions of power, the exhibition’s title articulates a contemplation about the potential of art and a provocation to the public to exert their own influence on the world.