This week Duncan sneaks into The School of the
Art Institute of
Chicago to interview Mary Jane Jacob, Professor and Executive
Director of Exhibitions. Mary Jane Jacob's name is synonymous
with the phrase "art as social practice" or the field of art that
is now more widely known as "Relational Aesthetics." Jacob
was at the center of the nineties debate about what was and could
be considered an art object/experience and was putting on
festivals, exhibitions, and public art programming that expanded
our art consciousness long before Bourriaud "sexy-ed" up the field
with his now seminal book.
Aside from being a former Chief Curator at the MCA Chicago and LA
MoCA, Jacob was also the person behind "Culture in Action,"
Chicago's progressive, but widely debated 90's public arts program.
She is the author/co-author of several books including, "Learning
Mind: Experience into Art," "Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art,"
"Culture in Action: A Public Art Program of Sculpture Chicago,"
"Conversations at The Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary
Art," and "On the Being of Being an Artist." She is the recipient
of many grants, awards, fellowships and residencies, amongst the
most notable are the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts,
Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study Center Residency, and the
Getty Residency Program.