Johanna Taylor is equally dedicated to scholarship and to working with organizations and communities through public programs to connect theory and practice. She has organized public programs that unite scholars, artists, and practitioners in conversation about pressing issues. She has also organized exhibitions and presentations of art projects.
Select collaborations include:
As a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Humanities Research in 2018-19, Johanna worked with co-fellows to organize a two-day symposium. Challenging Power in Place explored deeper conceptions of place beyond limited binaries such as (sub)urban/rural, nation/state, local/global which privilege the stories of men, elites, majorities and the wealthy in a process that renders certain places visible and invisible.
The symposium opened with Spatializing Experience, a walking exploration of the layered histories at Steele Indian School Park that challenged conventional narratives of spatial experiences in this site. This walk was co-organized with the Museum of Walking.
From 2011 to 2016 Johanna Taylor worked to develop programs, collaborate with faculty across The New School, and implement the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics. She co-organized, with Carin Kuoni, Abounaddara. The Right to the Image a three-day conference exploring the themes of filmmaking, revolution, and politics grounded in the work of anonymous Syrian film collective Abounaddara.
A group of artists, scholars, and arts practitioners are gathering over 18 months to examine core conflicts that compel, enrich, and complicate artistic ideas that assume agency to enact social change. Johanna Taylor organized this group in collaboration with the Vera List Center and A Blade of Grass. Supported by the Warhol Foundation.
IA’s national Publicly Active Graduate Education program connects graduate students in the humanities and social sciences dedicated to public scholarship and social justice. Johanna Taylor was a co-director from 2013 to 2016.