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Art for Whose Sake? The nexus of news, art-making, and message

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Crawford Family Forum 474 South Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Map and directions
A painting named 'The Forgotten' by Debora Prum is exposed during the opening ceremony of the 'Hunger Free' exhibition promoted by World Vision organization on June 15, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, state of Baja California Sur Mexico. The June 18-19 summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos is expected to be dominated by discussions on resolving the eurozone's crippling debt crisis and restoring global growth.
A painting named 'The Forgotten' by Debora Prum is exposed during the opening ceremony of the 'Hunger Free' exhibition promoted by World Vision organization on June 15, 2012 in Cabo San Lucas, state of Baja California Sur Mexico. The June 18-19 summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies in the Mexican resort of Los Cabos is expected to be dominated by discussions on resolving the eurozone's crippling debt crisis and restoring global growth.
YURI CORTEZ/AFP/GettyImages

Creating visual imagery: that’s every artist’s craft. But utilizing that imagery to critique (or support) what’s in the news about politics, war, and the economy – or the environment, immigration, and popular culture – what does that do, or say, about what gets made? Is it merely message art, or much more? And how good, or bad, can it all be?

Off-Ramp's John Rabe hosted this lively conversation about such works' influence outside galleries and among everyday people. The program included an art exhibit that featured works by Shepard Fairey, Edward Walton Wilcox, Enrique Castrejon, Lalo Alcaraz and more.