Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, architecture, and political economy. After co-founding and co-directing resource sharing networks OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop from 2008-2014, Woolard is now focused on her work with BFAMFAPhD.com to raise awareness about the impact of rent, debt, and precarity on culture and on New York City To Be Determined to create and support truly affordable community land trusts for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City. Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by MoMA, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, and many collaborators. Woolard is a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design and the New School, is an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum of Art, and was just named the 2015 Arts and Social Justice Fellow at the Judson Church. Over the next three years, her work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series.
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York who works between the solidarity economy and conceptual art. Making media, sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange and forgotten histories. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. Sensing that each project transforms the people who make it, Woolard opens spaces for co-production rather than toiling alone. In 2009, Woolard cofounded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production; three long-term infrastructure projects that support short-term artworks: a studio space, OurGoods.org, and Trade School.coop. Working with conceptual artists, educators in the solidarity economy movement, and technologists in start-ups, Caroline Woolard labors for political economies of cooperation.
Understanding artists as long-term residents, Woolard works on the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the Social Life of Artistic Property, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, compensation in the arts, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed last June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. By 2018, Woolard hopes to celebrate the creation of a new community land trust in New York City with community organizers, computer engineers, and artists who are dedicated to lifelong commoning.
From 2008-2013, Woolard was supported by the infrastructure projects mentioned above, as well as unemployment benefits, transformative organizers she met as the media coordinator for SolidarityNYC.org, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and a major grant from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund.
Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School. Woolard is proud to be an organizing member of BFAMFAPhD, New York City, To Be Determined, Trade School, and the Pedagogy Group. Caroline Woolard serves on the Board Of Directors of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, participates in the education working group for the New York City Community Land Initiative, is currently in The Center for Neighborhood Leadership NYC Organizing Academy, and lives in a 17-year-old collective house in Brooklyn.
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May 14 2015
I’m co-facilitating a workshop: Artists for Affordable Space
this goes with my work at Anchor: An exhibition inspired by the Photographs of Hiram Maristany
Curated by Arden Sherman
Hunter College East Harlem Gallery
May 28 2015
Our first REIC Member Meeting!
6-8:30pm, location TBD
Apr 02 2016
I’m speaking @ Yale
Inscribed Power in Space: A Symposium
Yale School of Architecture
Pathways to Affordable Housing: a year-long series in the LES
This is a year-long series about affordable housing in the context of the vibrant and changing neighborhood of the Lower East Side. For residents, neighbors, artists, activists, and citizens, achieving affordable housing for working New Yorkers will be a long-term processes. Join NYCTBD, the Actors Fund, Fourth Arts Block, and Cooper Square Committee to learn about how artists can participate in creative solutions to the affordable housing crisis through cultural organizing, movement building, creative storytelling, and media production. RSVP by clicking the link.
Speakers: Rebecca Sauer, Lenina Nadal, Brandon Keilbasa, Tamara Greenfield
New York City, To Be Determined at the Museum of Art and Design
In a series of monthly conversations on collective art practices in New York City, a Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda, and Stephen Korns brought together artists who are policy advisors, artists who are members of worker-owned businesses, artists who are members of radical pedagogy groups, and artists who are working to implement community land trusts in New York City to discuss possibilities for creating an equitable, collaborative, and culturally vital city.
Speakers: Tamara Greenfield, Caron Atlas, Tina Orlandini, Anusha Venkataraman, David Powell, Frances Golden, Ryan Joseph, Kendall Jackman
Moderators: Caroline Woolard, Susan Jahoda
Peer Learning: a semester of self-directed learning at MoMA
Peer Learning Groups was a self-directed learning program that connected individuals to each other and provided access to MoMA's resources after Museum hours. From February through May, three peer-to-peer learning groups were created and organized based on mutual interests. Through an application process, individuals selected a topic of focus (process, authorship, or economies) and provided supplemental information for other interested applicants. All submissions were reviewed anonymously by other applicants to create clusters of mutual interest.
Learning from Mistakes in Socially Engaged Art
From experimental restaurants to performative lectures, from social networks to public protests, artistic practices that focus on group work are gaining visibility. Whether contemporary enthusiasm for social practices comes from a desire for deep interaction in synchronous time, or from austerity measures and the poverty of the welfare state, these social practice must be addressed. This was a lecture series that asks artists, educators, and curators to speak openly about mistakes and possibilities in collaboration, documentation, narration, and commitment.
Speakers: Huong Ngo, Natasha Marie Llorens, Mimi McGurl, denisse andrade, Kerry Downey, Laurel Ptak, Christopher Robbins, Eve Tuck, Larissa Harris
Moderator: Caroline Woolard
(Re)Producing Value: four lectures at the Museum of Art and Design
In the midst of a global economic crisis, alternative economic narratives gain attention. Can grassroots exchange systems (re)produce values of equity, sustainability, and democracy? What is the role of sustainability in discussions about economic possibilities? With MAD as its site of dialogue, barter network OurGoods.org, barter school TradeSchool.coop, and public arts organization No Longer Empty presents a series of conversations between economic anthropologists and cultural producers. Join us for six free debates about the history and future of sharing, barter, and exchange.
Speakers: Silvia Federici, Mary-Beth Raddon, Jason Pine, Keith Hart, and Stephen Gudeman
BFAMFAPhD: tracing the rise of the professionalized artist
This series of lectures by Mark McGurl, Howard Singerman, and Leigh Claire La Berge was curated by Caroline Woolard to share the work of BFAMFAPhD with a wider public. In one event, Mark McGurl, author of The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing, and Leigh Claire La Berge, author of the forthcoming Scandals and Abstraction: Financial Fictions of the Long 1980s, joined BFAMFAPHD.com for a dialogue about how the nexus between the university and the market has transformed American fiction, given rise to forms of institutional creativity, and produced new sites for creative collectivities. In another event, Howard Singerman spoke to a small group of art students about the rise of the psychologized critique. This series will continue at http://bfamfaphd.com/#events