What is the role of the artist?

Use the following questions and related media as a way to initiate dialogue about contemporary art and specific ideas related to where art is seen, how it is made, and who makes it. Related images and video segments should inspire a variety of responses and provoke new ways of thinking about possible answers.

What is the role of the artist? How has this role changed through the course of history?


Alfredo Jaar. "Rwanda Rwanda," 1994. Public intervention in Malmö, Sweden. Offset print. 68 1/2 x 46 1/2 inches. Edition of 100. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Thord Thordeman, Malmö, and Galerie Lelong, New York.

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