Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer, educator and organizer developing documentaries, publications, classes, exhibitions 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 and are documented on the archive miscprojects.com.
His collaborative art work has been exhibited/screened at over 100 organizations and institutions as well as streets, protests, front yards, bus tours and rooftops. Working across diverse media, recurring forms in his practice have included video, publications, mapping, printed multiples, and a wide range of interviewing. Between 2005-2010 he founded and edited the publication AREA Chicago and from 2010-2015 he collaborated with Rebecca Zorach on the archiving and curatorial project Never The Same. In 2015 Tucker completed the feature-length video essay Future Perfect: Time Capsules in Reagan Country and has recently completed a followup video Local Control: Karl Hess in the World of Ideas (2018). Both works are concerned with developing a critical understanding of the right-wing imagination and are followed up by a new project, Little Wars, which is currently in development with collaborator Rosten Woo. See politicalspectrum.info for a portfolio of these recent studio projects.
His writings have appeared in many magazines/journals and in numerous books/catalogs. Tucker also has an active public-program and exhibition curating practice, and has organized exhibitions, publications and events for national organizations such as Inclusive Museums, Creative Time, Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, Common Field, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, A Blade of Grass, Artist Communities Alliance, Leeway Foundation and numerous community and university art centers, galleries and museums.
There is a strong thread in his writing and curatorial practice focused on food and ecological systems including the projects Farm Together Now (2010), Immersive Life Practices (2014) How Food Moves (2015-2017), Communiversity: Inside and Outside Art Education (2017) which surveys ecologically-engaged art education, and his current work writing about Sarah Kavage and RAIR’s work in Philadelphia. In recent projects over the last decade he’s made a series of exhibition/publication projects that were formed around collaborative inquiry using shared prompts starting with Unfurling with Rebecca Zorach (2013). In 2016 he curated the exhibition and event series Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements which toured to 9 venues between 2016-2019. From 2019-2020 he was a Curator in Residence with Mural Arts Philadelphia where he developed Power Map: Historic Mural Activations. And in 2022 he released a co-edited book and accompanying exhibition Lastgaspism: Art and Survival in the Age of Pandemic with Anthony Romero and Dan S. Wang.
He is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership program (2018), and received his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago (2013) as a University Fellow and Dean’s Fellow and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). Since 2014 he has worked as an Associate Professor and founding Director of Socially-Engaged and Studio Art at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia where he lives with his wife Emily Bunker.