The Hamilton New York City Program kicked off the semester by going on a private tour of the Whitney Museum’s exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940-2017 on Aug. 24. This semester’s program, titled “The Economy of the Social Sector in the Global City” is directed by Professor of Economics Chris Georges and studies social enterprises, the nonprofit sector, corporate social responsibility, and impact investing.
The exhibition looked into the way artists from the 1940s to today have confronted political and social issues of their day. Art, as a form of activism, has played an important role in challenging the established culture, directly and indirectly. “It was interesting to see the various ways in which artists have expressed their discontent with the current system,” said Angelique Archer ‘20.
It was the perfect way to start the program, looking into the different forms of activism that relate to the work of the non-profits we’re studying in the program, and a nice introduction to the different perspectives present in a city like New York.
The cultural programming of the New York City Program continues with visits to other museums and cultural institutions and meetings with Hamilton alumni.