MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

Art and Politics

Ben Armstrong

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Artists are political actors. Critics and collectors might focus on the aesthetic beauty or dollar value of a piece, but social scientists can explore the role that artists and their work play in shaping political, social and economic life. The questions for these seminars are: how can art influence politics? What makes a piece of art politically important? Why is some art influential and others not?

These sessions are open to anyone interested in the topic but if anyone wants to attend all sessions and complete the work, this is also available as a for credit 3 unit IAP class (17.S916)  Contact the activity leader, Benjamin Armstrong via email ( and he will send you a syllabus.

Sponsor(s): Political Science
Contact: Ben Armstrong,

Does Hamilton Matter?

Jan/17 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM E53-485

The Road from Art to Political Impact

Jan/19 Thu 10:00AM-11:00AM E53-485

Murals, Graffiti, Fine Art, Song, Anthem

Jan/24 Tue 10:00AM-11:00AM E53-485


Jan/26 Thu 10:00AM-11:00AM E53-485


Jan/31 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM E53-485


Feb/02 Thu 10:00AM-12:00PM E53-485