Here is Professor Ritter’s description of the talk:
This talk is inspired by the commitment to community service from NYU students in the the Dean’s Service Honors Corps (DSHC). I have given talks to this group in past years on the design and allocation of housing in the United States and on the history of Washington Square. This year the group leaders approached me to lead a tour of an exhibition that would relate to their interest in community service. We settled on the current exhibition at MOMA, Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter, which features works relating to current global refugee crises.. The DSHC encouraged honors students to go see the show at MOMA, and I will lead a discussion about it in my talk. My presentation will focus on how and why artists and designers engage with issues of migration and dislocation, focusing on several works from the exhibition. I look forward to hearing the students’ impression of the exhibition, and I hope the talk will generate interesting conversation with these thoughtful students. I will conclude with some thoughts about how students can help support refugees through volunteer community work with groups like the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, UNICEF, or the Sanctuary Movement.
Designs for temporary shelters by various architectsfo 2, dadaab refugee camp. brendan bannon. 2011
woven chronicle by reena saint kallatInstallation view