Social Adjacencies

JUNE 8, 2014 - New York, NY

3PM, June 8th 2014
Mattatuck Museum
144 W Main St, Waterbury, CT 06702

This panel discussion examines the present mix of art as social practice and the commercial art world. Peering into what is quickly becoming a staple of visible artists and art collectives, this discussion will sift through the varying hierarchies of work by artists that have demonstrated a commitment to communities, identity, and urban renewal in their work. Social Adjacencies will look into all the factors behind the clear embrace and promotion of socially engaged work by the gallery, institution and museum.

Ed Woodham

Jeanne Brasile, Adam Brent, Melanie Crean, Alicia Grullon, Tora Lopez


Ed Woodham has been active for more than 30 years in community art, education, and civic interventions, across a variety of media and cultural contexts. A visual and performance artist, puppeteer, and curator, he is best known for creating Art in Odd Places, collaborating with visual and performance artists to reclaim public spaces in New York City and beyond. Art in Odd Places has stretched the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks of all disciplines outside the traditional venues of galleries, museums and theaters.  

Jeanne Brasile is the Director of the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where she teaches a practicum on curating to graduate students in the Museum Studies Program and art history at the undergraduate level.  Brasile has worked in non-profit museums and galleries for almost twenty years in such venues as The Storm King Art Center, The South Street Seaport Museum and The Montclair State University Art Galleries.  She is most interested in developing exhibitions that challenge visitors to re-think their perceptions about art, art-making and the role of the museum/gallery.

Adam Brent creates sculptural installations that combine architectural and organic elements to explore issues of nature, reflection, interiors and structure. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1995 and his MFA in sculpture from Parsons The New School For Design in 2001. His work has been exhibited at such notable museums, institutions and galleries as The Islip Art Museum, The Bronx Museum for Contemporary Art, The Aldrich Museum For Contemporary Art, The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Artists Space, Apex Art, Margaret Thatcher Projects, Gathering of The Tribes, Wave Hill, BRIC Rotunda, Momenta Gallery, The Bronx River Art Center, The New York Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, The New York Public Library, The 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, The Center for Book Arts and numerous university galleries.

Melanie Crean is an artist and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an Assistant Professor of Media Design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City, teaching production and theory based classes in experimental time based work, mobile media and gaming. Her art work deals with the politics of perception and the capacity of speech and language to produce political change. Crean has received fellowships and commissions from Art in General, the Bronx Arts Council, Harvestworks, NYFA, NYSCA, Rhizome and Creative Time.

Alicia Grullon is a Bronx based artist creating socially engaged projects and performance art pieces. Her work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, Marccone and BRIC Galleries. She has participated in Performa 11 and La Bienal (S-Files) Survey of Contemporary Latin American and Latino Artists in 2011. A recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant for Performance Art, she has completed artists residencies for the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Korea Arts Council and in Kassel Germany.

Tora Lopez works in the disciplines of performance and installation art. Her performances are often posed within intricate environments designed for mental imagining, play and venerability exchange. Much of her work is positioned outside conventional art spaces and frequently engages guests to become active participants within performance space. Notable project include: Total Body Burden, at the Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, AU 2014, testing urine samples for levels of Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Zinc. Incidents in Romance Technology 101: Making Love (Out Of Nothing At All), Alaska Projects, AU  2014 investigating romance as a field of inquiry and unchaperoned dance therapy.