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Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely. Tucker earned his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago and collaborates on the Never The Same curatorial and archive project with Rebecca Zorach. He recently finished editing the book Immersive Life Practices (SAIC, 2014) and is producing a series of projects about the ideological spectrum. Tucker is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Manager in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. miscprojects.com
Daniel Tucker (b. 1983, raised in Argentina and Kentucky, USA) has worked as a cultural and political organizer, initiating a number of large-scale local projects and events. His particular focus has been on documenting social and cultural movements and the people and places from which they emerge. Most of his work exists in between documentary, advocacy, journalism, curating and art-making and deals with themes of political imagination, localism, hidden history, economy and community. All of his projects utilize careful consideration of audience and distribution and involve significant research and relationship-building to have effective and lasting impact.
From 2001-2005 Daniel contributed to collective art projects such as StreetRec (producers of the documentary Retooling Dissent), God Bless Graffiti, Department of Space and Land Reclamation, and numerous interventions about affordable housing in Chicago – which is summarized in the pamphlet “Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Cultural Practices in Chicago from 2000-2005″ (co-edited with Emily Forman). In 2005 he founded AREA Chicago – the print/online publication he edited until 2010 that focuses on researching and networking local social and cultural movements in Chicago. In his time at AREA he co-edited 9 magazines, organized nearly one hundred public events as well as collaboratively organizing the Notes for a People’s Atlas of Chicago which eventually expanded to 20 international cities and was published in a catalog and web archive.
In 2008 Tucker co-organized “Town Hall Talks” with Nato Thompson and Creative Time, in which they interviewed 100 socially-engaged artists in 5 cities. His book of interviews with activist farmers, Farm Together Now: A Portrait of People, Places and Ideas for a New Food Movement, (with co-author Amy Franceschini and photographer Anne Hamersky) was published by Chronicle Books in late 2010 and was picked by Michael Pollan as the best food book of that year. In 2013 he completed the documentary photography exhibition and online archive Crisis Image Archives, which toured throughout the United States and has been returned to the collection of the Alternative Press Center where it was originally produced during a residency in the summer of 2012. Throughout 2013 and 2014 he held artist in residence positions at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry’s and Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA). Currently he collaborates on the curatorial and archiving project Never the Same with Art Historian Rebecca Zorach, recently finished editing the book Immersive Life Practices (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2014), and is at work on a series of art works about the political spectrum.
During his 13 years in Chicago he has consulted for cultural, activist and research organizations including the Center for Urban Economic Development at UIC, the Metropolitan Tenants Organization and co-organized An Artists’ Congress with the Block Museum at Northwestern University. Nationally he worked as an organizer and facilitator for Creative Time, the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (where he edited State of the Arts, aka the SOTA blog). As a consultant, he has helped non-profit organizations of various sizes organize public programs and work to evaluate and advance their communications work and has served on the advisory board’s of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Threewalls SOLO exhibition program, Art & the Public Sphere journal, and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project. From 2010-2014 he ran Art In These Times, a community gallery that continues to operate in the offices of the long-running progressive In These Times magazine.
He has lectured widely about the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art work has been exhibited at institutions including Commonwealth & Council gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL), Park Avenue Armory (New York City, NY), Werkleitz Biennial 6 (Germany), Centro José Guerrero (Spain), the 4th Athens Biennale (Greece) as well as streets, protests, bus tours and rooftops. His writings have appeared in Afterimage, AREA Chicago, Art Agenda, BootPrint, Chicago Journal, Clamor, H-Art International, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Landline, Mousse, Newcity, Next American City, and Proximity and in the books/catalogs “A Guide to Democracy in America” (2008), “Experimental Geography” (2009), “Uses of a Whirlwind” (2010), “Transductores” (2010) “Visions for Chicago” (2011), “Construir el lloc: Quadern pedagògic” (2011), “Deep Routes“ (2012) and “The Pedway of Today” by Hui-min Tsen (2013). Amidst a significant number of project-specific articles and interviews, several broad overviews of his past work have appeared in the print/web The Morning News and the Chicago Reader, and podcast audio interviews Bad At Sports and Ben PR.
Funding for his projects has been obtained from public and private sources oriented around art, social justice, and cross-cultural exchange such as the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Propeller Fund, The University of Illinois at Chicago, CEC Artslink, the Graham Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, Stockyard Institute/Weitz Family Foundation, The Crossroads Fund, the Fire This Time Fund, The Danish Art Council, European Cultural Foundation, Ministry of Culture – Republic of Croatia, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council.
Tucker attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a BFA with a focus in exhibition organizing and documentary video in 2005 and earned an MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 where he received a University Fellowship and Dean’s Scholar Award while focusing on teaching, writing, and documentary video and served as a PAGE Fellow with the Imagining America network (2012-13). He has previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, co-taught a graduate seminar on the history of Tactical Media with Brian Holmes, created an adult education seminar series on Chicago Political Art at the Newberry Library and is currently Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Manager in Social and Studio Practices at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA.