Presented as part of Hope Sandrow’s Platform Project, Genius Loci
Maureen Connor, artist and co-founder of the Institute for Wishful Thinking (IWT), will describe the origins of the Institute, from its earliest projects to the most recent, Artists in Residence for the US Government (self declared). “The IWT recognizes that artists possess untapped creative and conceptual resources that can be applied to solving social problems. The goal of the IWT is to challenge artists to think about what it means to be active citizens and how their critical and creative tools might work to find alternative approaches to the broad range of problems our society faces.”
Maureen Connor’s work combines installation, video, interior design, ethnography, human resources, feminism, and social justice. Through her project Personnel (2000-ongoing), about the workplace, and the collective the Institute for Wishful Thinking (2008-ongoing), she and her collaborators produce interventions that explore the attitudes and needs of individuals and institutions. Venues have included Momenta Art, Brooklyn; Austrian Cultural Institute, NY; Akbank, Istanbul; Wyspa Art Institute, Gdansk, Poland; IASPIS, Stockholm; Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; and the Queens Museum of Art, NY, among others.
The Institute for Wishful Thinking: Art, Activism, or just Wishful Thinking?