Art21 Magazine

The Walker Curates the News: 12.07.15

Tania Bruguera during a 100-hour reading of Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism, May 2015. Photo: Yo También Exijo

Among Foreign Policy’s 100 Global Thinkers are 21 artists “bound by the belief that art serves a higher purpose,” including Cuban artists Tania Bruguera and María Magdalena Campos-Pons, playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and Nigerian-American sculptor Adejoke Tugbiyele. Highlighted artists tackle issues from environmental pollution to the shortcomings of western culture. For her part, Bruguera tested the waters of free speech in Cuba by setting up a lectern in Havana’s Revolution Square and inviting members of the public to speak on any topic for one minute.