A Lived Practice
In this month’s Create News, we invited Chicago-based curator Kate Zeller to write about A Lived Practice which she co-curated at the Sullivan Galleries with curator, writer, educator and Executive Director of Exhibitions Mary Jane Jacob. A Lived Practice was a series of exhibitions, programmes symposia and publications which explored the history and contemporary field of social practice in Chicago.
‘From the beginning, connecting to Chicago’s remarkable history of influential activists and artists working towards social justice and reform was a major tenant of our approach to A Lived Practice. The cornerstone of which was the work of John Dewey and Jane Addams who, at the turn of the century, shaped notions of embodied citizenship that extended far beyond Chicago and continue to remain relevant today. Personally, I was drawn to the history of Dewey’s Laboratory School, founded here in 1896 at the University of Chicago, where many of his theories of the conscious development of the individual played out in practice … ‘