About 601 Tully

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601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Marion Wilson's Spring 2012 Course

EDU 300/400/600: New Directions in Social Sculpture
(Taught by Marion Wilson, Kianga Ford, and Raul Miyar)
Wednesday 9:30-12:30 at 601 Tully (on Syracuse's Near West Side: 601 Tully St., Syracuse, NY 13204)

Collaborative Research Studio is a practical, collaborative workshop that emphasizes research and production. It is shaped by faculty research and is designed to provide a context for students to engage with the themes and problems with which their teaching faculty are currently engaged. Unusual in a Fine Arts teaching context, it introduces collective problem-solving and multi-disciplinary team-building that exposes students to the processes of research and development, fabrication, as well as working with institutional needs and agendas that are often a part of professional practice.

This course is a collaboration between three faculty at different institutions: Marion Wilson (Syracuse University); Raul Miyar (Altos de Chavon); and Kianga Ford (Parsons). Each faculty brings a unique perspective to thinking about the rapidly-expanding field that goes under varying monikers, including: social practice, public practice, new genre public art, community-engaged art, and social sculpture, to name a few. Representing different expertise as artists, Miyar, Wilson, and Ford bring practices from painting to architecture to sound and installation to interrogate this emergent field. In this course, they question the limits and methods of this domain of contemporary art by inviting students into their artistic working processes in sites where they live—Syracuse, NYC, and La Romana, Dominican Republic. Students will research and develop new works in each of those locales in teams led by the faculty.

The course will begin with an optional site visit to La Romana for students at all institutions in January (January 16-20, course dates—travel days not included—for additional information on the site visit, please write to mewils01@syr.edu). And the research process will be shared in an exhibition and series of community conversations at Aronson Gallery, at Parsons in NYC in March and April.

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