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Join us for a lively discussion about the history and interpretation of the United States Constitution by artists, politicians and scholars, including some of the most critical issues relevant to today’s social and political climate. This event is open to the general public, but is especially recommended for contemporary artists considering applying to our open call for the exhibition Picturing the Constitution, scheduled for fall 2023 at the Old Stone House (extended application deadline May 22). OSH representatives will also discuss the exhibition theme and guidelines for applying and exhibiting in our space.
Participants: Steven Mazie, Professor of Political Studies at Bard High School Early College-Manhattan and Supreme Court Correspondent, The Economist; Morgan O’Hara, artist, Handwriting the Constitution; Jennifer Wingate, Professor of Fine Arts, Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies, St. Francis College; Katherine Gressel, Contemporary Curator, Old Stone House & Washington Park; Kim Maier, Executive Director, Old Stone House & Washington Park.
Guest Presenter Bios:
Steven Mazie received his A.B. (magna cum laude) from Harvard College (Government) and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (Political Science); and completed postgraduate work at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Professor of Political Studies at Bard High School Early College-Manhattan and has taught at Bard College, New York University, and the University of Michigan. Honors include American Political Science Association Best Paper Award in Religion and Politics; Charlotte C. Newcombe Fellowship; National Science Foundation research grant; Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship and three awards for teaching excellence. He is the author of American Justice 2015: The Dramatic Tenth Term of the Roberts Court (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) and Israel’s Higher Law: Religion and Liberal Democracy in the Jewish State (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2006). He is the Supreme Court correspondent for The Economist (2013-present) and has published op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, SCOTUSblog, Slate, Time Magazine and The Atlantic. He has appeared on radio, television (CBS News, MSNBC) and podcasts including “The Intelligence,” “Checks and Balance,” “Apple News Today,” “Supreme Myths” and “Passing Judgment.”
Morgan O’Hara has been a conceptual artist for over 60 years. O’Hara has committed her life to making art which observes and renders visible aspects of the human experience of living in both 20th and 21st centuries. Her project Handwriting the Constitution is a natural evolution from O’Hara’s drawing practice into a realm that explores the meaning of concentrated writing as an art form and a way to bring people together regardless of political leanings. It invites people from all walks of life to meet in public spaces to handwrite the US Constitution or other documents written to protect human rights and freedoms. This art practice was created so that people will know their rights, deepen their understanding of laws created to protect these rights, and to help resist negative thinking. To date approximately 2000 people have participated, both nationally and internationally. O’Hara’s works are in the permanent collections of many institutions including: the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Kupferstichkabinett Berlin, et al. www.MorganOHara.com
Jennifer Wingate is Professor of Fine Arts and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at St. Francis College. Her research interests include public art, and American art and material culture. Her current book project, At Home with Political Portraits: Photographs of the Domestic Display of United States Presidents, is in contract. She has published a book on World War I memorial sculpture, Sculpting Doughboys: Memory, Gender, and Taste in America’s World War I Memorials (Ashgate, 2013) and a volume she co-edited with Sierra Rooney and Harriet Senie, Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies (Bloomsbury, 2021; paperback 2022). She is on the editorial board of Public Art Dialogue.