In Conversation: Jon Rubin and Shaun Leonardo
Jon Rubin and Shaun Leonardo come together to discuss their work and the process of creating the contexts for other people to be active participants in the creation of artistic projects with social impact.
Moderated by Christina Yang, Director of Education, Public Programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that re-imagine individual, group and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers, and co-directing another that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict.
Shaun Leonardo’s artwork negotiates societal expectations of gender and sex, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and the experience of failure. In his work as an educator, Leonardo promotes the political potential of attention, self-reflection, and discomfort as a means to create awareness, disrupt meaning, and shift perspective. He is the lead teaching artist of Assembly, a public storefront art gallery and arts-based diversion program for court-involved youth, presented in partnership with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives at Recess’s Downtown Brooklyn site.
NOTE: Capacity at BRIC House is limited, and admission is on a first come, first served basis, whether you have RSVP’ed or not. Please come early to ensure entry and seating.
This event is part of the BRIC OPEN Festival, which aims shine a light on the power of inclusive, participatory arts & media programming to shake up our ideas about who makes and consumes culture, whose voices and stories sit at the center of artistic creation, and how we come together to imagine, and move toward, the future we want.