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Conversations At Boone: Pay Attention and Listen

New Boon(e) presents Conversations at Boone, a series of talks and discussions that aim to contribute and engage in critical dialogues within the broader Philadelphia art community.

This first series will explore the way in which contemporary artists navigate and question the structures and relationships that define the role of the artist today. Through critical discourse we will examine how these concepts depart from the educational institution and form into collectives, collaborations, and communities.

In our second talk, Pay Attention & Listen we continue the conversation by inviting Daniel Tucker, director of Social and Studio Practices at Moore, to speak about the ethics of social practice and the relevance of practices of attention & intention. Socially-engaged art draws from many disciplines, including a great deal from the history of community organizing which often privileges the concept of working within one’s “own” community. This conception of belonging can be based on numerous factors including demographics, geography, and history. And for those who are from the outside, there are various methodologies used to connect with and build the community you want to be a part of. “Pay attention” and “listen” are actions encouraged in nearly every side conversation about practicing and educating towards socially-engaged art, yet they have not been foregrounded. They draw from traditions of community organizing as well as spiritual practices centered on mindfulness. They circle around conceptions of ethics, and yet no space has been made to explore that theme explicitly. Daniel Tucker will join us to talk about some of the projects he is working on including “In/Out: Ethics, Attention, and Intention in Socially-Engaged Art” as part of a series of summer symposium organized by the Social & Studio Practices department at Moore College of Art & Design and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program (see This talk will give some insights into the thinking that is informing Tucker’s curriculum at Moore, the In/Out gathering in July, and questions of how artists grapple with ethics, attention and intention today. 

Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. Tucker earned his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He recently completed the feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country and curated the exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. Tucker is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia.

Join the conversation on Thursday, June 23rd at 7pm.


Earlier Event: June 16
Movie Night: Painters Painting
Later Event: July 7
Movie Night: Ways of Seeing