October 19, 2017
We the Publics is a manifesto and proposition for the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Authored by Emmanuel Pratt, the Smart Museum’s 2017–2018 Interpreter in Residence, and Dan Borelli, Director of Exhibitions at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), it rethinks the role, power, and purpose of the public in shaping and influencing the spatial evolution of the built environment. It proposes a series of common rights for all people, which are currently denied to many, and common responsibilities for our collective good, which are ignored by others.
We the Publics began as an exhibition at GSD and will now take the form of a migratory dinner series unfolding across multiple sites in Chicago. Hosted by Sweet Water Foundation and the Smart Museum, the meals will convene artists, agriculturalists, cultural workers, activists, academics, and others to actualize the essential rights outlined in the manifesto.
The first meal in the series takes place within Pratt's installation at the Smart, Radical [Re]Constructions.
FREE, but space is very limited. Advance registration is required. Registration opens October 2.
Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and Sweet Water Foundation.