From “Black Collectivities: A Conference,” held May 3–4, 2013, at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the University of Chicago’s Arts Incubator. This question-and-answer session from the second day of the conference engages topics such as markets and funding for collective art practices and the ways that wealth is distributed within and beyond black cultural organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. The featured panelists—Naomi Beckwith, John Corbett, Theaster Gates, George E. Lewis, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Blake Stimson—debate the role of the state versus the entrepreneur and how that tension impacts the constitution of publics and politics in the era of neoliberalism.

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