Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production
"An extraordinary pilgrimage through the world of neighborhoods, communities, and art in all its forms and transfigurations by a widely traveled, deeply thoughtful, cosmopolitan scholar whose ability to see significance and value in the large and the small, the permanent and the fleeting, the far and the near, somehow makes me think of William Blake''s paean to the human imagination as that which can see the world in a grain of sand, and heaven in a flower."
-- Yi-Fu Tuan, University of Wisconsin, author of Human Goodness
"Art educator and social critic Carol Becker challenges us with her reflections on the constitutive importance of place in art and in life. Part memoir, part meditation on political violence and art making in recent times, this book transcends the narrow boundaries of Western global art think, showing how writing about the arts is more than ever deeply implicated in multiple histories and social struggles." -- Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University, author of Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory
"For Carol Becker, traveler, there are no roads; she makes her path as she walks and takes the only road that can be taken, the ethical one. And along her extraordinary path, she creates spaces of hope and resistance. Her long journey takes us to centers of Western culture and helps us separate the culture from the spectacle and identifies the difficulties ahead. She also takes us to places with no names, inhabited by people without names. She names them, and the naming is a revelation that illuminates these dark times and questions all of our assumptions about our own cultural values. This is an extraordinarily generous and deeply challenging book that gives as much as it demands."
-- Alfredo Jaar, artist, architect, filmmaker, MacArthur Fellow