MoMA Learning: How Will Art Solve Problems?

Continuing the Conversation: How Will Art Solve Problems?

Posted by Kameelah Janan Rasheed, artist-archivist

“Understanding the role art plays in solving problems prompts us to consider the parameters we use to define problems, the metrics we use to assess whether a problem is solved, and the elasticity of the boundaries around what we consider “art.” The word “will” places us in the context of futurity and possibility. Given the litany of problems at global, national, and local levels, many of us long for a future that is remarkably better than the past and the present space we experience quite viscerally. We may be suspended in a state of contemplation about the future tense, or a not-yet-happened state. Indeed, this future is tense.”

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