John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series presents SPURSE

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Matthew Friday and Iain Kerr, members of SPURSE, a collective of artists and designers that work to transform complex environmental and social challenges, will present a lecture titled “How to Eat Your Sidewalk: a radical rethinking of how we cook and eat as a pleasurable, political and ecological act,” from 3 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. The lecture is part of the School of Visual Arts' John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series.

SPURSE makes art from things like public policy papers, oral history archives, environmentally engineered wetlands, free public restaurants, bacterial laboratories for museums, nomadic clothing and housing systems, research institutes to study urbanism, and smart phone applications.

According to their website, SPURSE begins each project by inclusively determining the points within ongoing processes that can be leveraged to catalyze meaningful material and social transformations. To fully engage these questions, SPURSE frequently employs the tools and techniques of disciplines outside art, including ecological design, community organizing and systems engineering.

SPURSE has created public projects in collaboration with organizations such as Pitzer College, the North Atlantic Marine Alliance, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Department of Environmental Conservation, and River Keepers. SPURSE has exhibited at the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Grand Arts, White Columns, the Kitchen, and the Bemis Art Center.

SPURSE recently published the "Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook." For more information, visit


Last Updated November 15, 2017