Live the Life Book Launch

Join Jen Delos Reyes to celebrate the launch of her new book, I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning. The book traces a history of artists who have worked on the border of art and life and culminate in chapters looking at the work of Fritz Haeg, David Horvitz, J. Morgan Puett, Ben Kinmont, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. These artists use daily acts of living to connect their artistic practice to their life values and philosophies. The book examines the social movements, cultural theory, and philosophies that were influencing artists from political activism, intentional living, pioneering figures, and Eastern philosophies.

Delos Reyes will read a short excerpt from the book followed by conversation with contributor Randall Szott. Copies of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song will be for sale at the event.


Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless emails. She is the director and founder of Open Engagement, an international annual conference on socially engaged art that has been active since 2007. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Randall Szott conducts mystic experiments in abjuration (art), divination (writing), conjuration (design), evocation (poetry), transmutation (cooking), illusion (philosophy), and enchantment (agroecology) in a small grey house in a small Vermont town. He has an MA in Creativity and Arts Education , and an MFA in Art Critical Practices. He was a merchant mariner for nearly a decade and now is the Chef + Farm to School Coordinator for a small village school. He is currently developing a ten acre parcel of land into a functioning agroecological system and as a possible site for ongoing seminars in Human Ecology. 


The book launch will take place in Galley 400 (400 S. Peoria St.) on August 11th from 5-7pm.