Interpreter in Residence

Artists and social engagement

The Interpreter in Residence is a yearlong program designed as a forum for Chicago-based artists and educators with an interest in social engagement to create participatory art experiences with Smart Museum guests.

The residency, organized by the Smart’s education department, is informed by art and ideas drawn from the Smart’s collections and exhibitions as well as issues and questions that are critical to the Museum’s institutional practice. The Smart invites artists to participate in the program who approach similar sets of questions in their work. We hope that their engagement at the Museum offers an opportunity for sustained investigation into these questions that benefit both their and our practice.

Through public programs and other ephemeral activities, the interpreters in residence help create a critical commons where we can engage with art, ideas, and one another.

Emmanuel Pratt

As 2017–2018 Interpreter in Residence, Chicago-based artist Emmanuel Pratt convenes a series of interdisciplinary dinners on the subject of the built environment and issues like housing, work, health, and education. The programs will feature locally-grown food from Sweet Water Foundation and take place at locations across the city beginning within Pratt’s site-specific Threshold installation Radical [Re]Constructions.