Caroline Woolard co-creates art and institutions for the “new” economy. Woolard is an artist and organizer whose interdisciplinary work facilitates social imagination at the intersection of art, urbanism, 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 the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative to create and support truly affordable commercial space for cultural resilience and economic justice in New York City.
Caroline Woolard’s work has been supported by residencies and fellowships at MoMA, the Queens Museum, the Judson Church, the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, Eyebeam, the MacDowell Colony, and by unemployment benefits, the curiosity of strangers, her partner, and many collaborators. Recent group exhibitions include: Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Maker Biennial, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; and Artist as Social Agent, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH. Woolard’s work will be featured in Art21’s New York Close Up documentary series over the next three years. Woolard is a lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and the New School, a project manager at the worker-owned design firm CoLab.coop and is a member of the board of the Schumacher Center for a New Economics.
Caroline Woolard’s artist statement can be downloaded here. For more information, click on PROJECTS above, or scroll down for upcoming events and writing to download. You can also listen to a talk, search flickr and the news, or sign up for the mailing list.
Jun 13 2016
Artists Talk @ Akademie Schloss Solitude
Solitude 3 · 70197
Jun 27 2016
Residency @ WeMake (Milan)
free / libre / open source systems project
Jul 05 2016
Core Faculty @ SVA
Residency in Contemporary Practices
July 5 - August 5, 2016
Jul 11 2016
Session @ Mildred’s Lane
w/ Pablo Helguera and Leigh Claire La Berge
July 11-17 (details tbd)
Sep 07 2016
Core Faculty @ SVA MFA Fine Arts
Sep 08 2016
Exhibition @ Cornell University
Public Works and Workshops
Oct 23 2016
Visiting Artist @ Oxbow School (Napa, CA)
October 23 - November 1
Nov 11 2016
Presenter @ Platform Cooperative Event
I wrote a chapter of the forthcoming book
Edited by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider
Nov 15 2016
Artists Talk @ Bauhaus Universität (Weimar)
7-9pm details TBA
Mar 01 2017
Panel Discussion @ NYAA
For Sharon Louden’s new book
with Mark Tribe, William Powhida, and Deanna Haggag
Jun 26 2017
Session Leader @ Nomad9
June 26 - July 1
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
Solidarity Economy: another world already exists
Making a series of documentary shorts and an interactive map, the collective SolidarityNYC educated New Yorkers about the solidarity economy. As a group that launched a new economy site a year *before* Occupy Wall Street occurred, our educational materials became immediately popular and have since been used in hundreds of organizing meetings and classrooms around the world. We teach people that New York might seem like the center of cut-throat competition, but that in fact the solidarity economy in New York City is meeting human needs through economic activities–like the production and exchange of goods and services–that reinforce values of justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, and democracy.
Trade School: pedagogies of payment
Trade School is a barter-based educational program that ran from 2009-2013 in New York City. Demonstrating that students can pay teachers with barter items and services, and that teachers are interested in educational platforms run on mutual aid, Trade School has spread to fifty cities internationally. See more in PROJECTS.