Sue Bell Yank
Sue Bell Yank

Sue Bell Yank is the Assistant Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum. She graduated from the Masters of Public Art Studies program at USC, and completed her thesis on the role of contemporary art in rebuilding efforts after a crisis, focusing on post-Katrina New Orleans. She has worked with artist Edgar Arceneaux as a co-founder and Assistant Director for the Watts House Project, and has a deep-seated investment in non-profit organizations and arts-based urban planning practices. She was part of the curatorial team for the 2008 California Biennial, and most recently served as a curatorial advisor for the Creative Time Living as Form exhibition (2011). Her writing has been featured in the 2008 California Biennial exhibition catalogue, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, the Huffington Post, Mammut magazine, and various arts blogs including her ongoing essay blog entitled Social Practice: Writings about the social in contemporary art.

Recent Articles
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, 'Capitalocentrism' and the Arts Fantasy
SOC(i)AL: Art + People investigates the precarity of workers in our current economy, the relationship of the university to activism, manifestations of art in politics, and the future of Occupy.
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
Elizabeth Blaney and Dont Rhine of the collective Ultra-red engage with activist organizations in L.A. to see how artists can work with communities to create change.
Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Asuka Hisa and Olga Koumoundouras discuss their collaboration on the Wall Works project entitled CART -- What Do We Need to Get By and How Do We Get There.
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
The Case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
Sue Bell Yank sits down with Bill Kelley, Jr. and Prerana Reddy to speak about Queens as a vanguard for integrating socially-engaged art into a museum context, and as a case study for the changing role of the museum in civic life.
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with Anne Bray, founder of LA Freewaves, and Fabian Wagmistert about how they create generative, civically-engaged networks in Los Angeles.
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
La Tierra de la Culebra Park: Can Artists Heal Nature?
In this SOCiAL: Art + People installment, Sue Bell Yank shares the dialogue created between 10 individuals deeply engaged in the relationship of art, nature and social justice.
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Otis Public Practice at 18th Street: What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
The Otis Public Practice program holds a discussion on the ground-breaking exhibition dOCUMENTA(13), the 100 day large-scale exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany that takes place every 5 years.
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
Public Matters: Market Makeover SMACKDOWN!
SOCiAL: Art + People talks with artists Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada about their partnerships, their teenaged collaborators, and the role of arts in social justice.
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
Occidental College SOCiAL Symposium: Can the Sidewalk Be a Stage?
SOCiAL: Art + People speaks with artists and organizers whose practices are linked by their critical and performative interventions into the public sphere.
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists + Institutions: Can We Find Common Ground?
Artists David Burns, Sara Daleiden, and Mak Center director Kimberli Meyer speak about the upcoming free public salon, Artists+Institutions: Common Ground, and what drove them to produce such an ambitious dialogical project.
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California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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