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.
Working across diverse media, recurring forms in his practice have included video, 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 collaborative art work has been exhibited/screened at over 100 organizations and institutions including Albuquerque Museum (Albuquerque, NM), Art In General and the Park Avenue Armory (New York City, NY), the Athens Biennale 4th edition (Greece), Centro José Guerrero (Spain), Charlotte Street Foundation (Kansas City, MO), Commonwealth & Council gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Gene Siskel Film Center and Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), Mass MoCA (North Adams, MA), Slought (Philadelphia), the Werkleitz Biennial 6 (Germany), as well as streets, protests, front yards, bus tours and rooftops. His writings have appeared in Afterimage, Art Agenda, Art & The Public Sphere, H-Art International, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Mousse, Newcity, Next City, Proximity and Public Art Review (among others), and in the books/catalogs “Trashing the Neoliberal City” with Emily Forman (2006), “A Guide to Democracy in America” (2008), “Experimental Geography” (2009), “Uses of a Whirlwind” (2010), “Farm Together Now” with Amy Franceschini (2010), “Transductores” (2010) “Visions for Chicago” (2011), “Construir el lloc: Quadern pedagògic” (2011), “Deep Routes“ (2012) “The Pedway of Today” (2013), “Unfurlings” with Rebecca Zorach (2014), “The Questions We Ask Together” (2015), “Art as Social Practice” (2015) “Activating Artifacts: About Academia (2017), Performing Revolutionary” (2018), and “Faith Wilding’s Fearful Symmetries” (2019).
Tucker has an active public-program and exhibition curating practice, and has organized exhibitions, publications and events for national organizations such as Creative Time, Alliance of Media Arts and Culture, Common Field, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, A Blade of Grass and numerous community and university art centers, galleries and museums. 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. He is currently a Curator in Residence with Mural Arts Philadelphia (Chicago).
He is a graduate of the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership program, and received his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently he works as an Assistant Professor and founding Graduate Program Director in Socially-Engaged Art at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia where he lives with his wife Emily Bunker.
Research Interests: Socially and politically-engaged art/art history; Arts pedagogy and research; Mapping, spatial practices, landscape and land-use; Documentary and storytelling; Agriculture, ecology and agro-ecology; Social movement culture; Political philosophy and ideology; Cooperatives and group process; Independent media, publishing, and video production; Public art; Regionalism and localism; Chicago politics and culture; Archival activism; Context making.