Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, United States 07 Jun 2016 - 29 Jul 2016
Jack Shainman Gallery announces For Freedoms. As the first artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms uses art to inspire deeper political engagement in the 2016 American Presidential election. On June 7th, the For Freedoms headquarters will open to the public at the 24th Street location. An expansion of the For Freedoms exhibition will open at the 20th Street location on June 30th with additional artists and programming.
Co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms raises awareness of the impact of money on our political system and questions the notion of “freedom” in the twin contexts of art and politics. “Our mission is to use the super PAC apparatus to encourage new forms of critical discourse surrounding the 2016 presidential election.” – Eric Gottesman.
For Freedoms is a collaboration between Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, Wyatt Gallery, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, Michelle Woo, and Albert James Ignacio. Additional artists collaborating with the super PAC will include:
Nina Chanel Abney, Yorgo Alexopoulos, Edgar Arceneaux, Shimon Attie, Firelei Báez, Zoë Buckman, Cassils, Paula Crown, Wendy Ewald, Wyatt Gallery, Chitra Ganesh, Maria Gaspar, Mariam Ghani, Jim Goldberg, Eric Gottesman, Justin Brice Guariglia, Pablo Helguera, Sohrab Hura, Alfredo Jaar, Matthew Day Jackson, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Kaino, Titus Kaphar, Coby Kennedy, Marilyn Minter, Aida Muluneh, Jackie Nickerson, Trevor Paglen, Michele Pred, People’s Kitchen Collective, Prison-to-College Pipeline, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Jim Ricks, Norman Rockwell, Bayeté Ross Smith, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Xaviera Simmons, Alec Soth, Will Steacy, Mikhael Subotzky, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Fred Tomaselli, Mark and Laurence Tribe, Katrina Walker, Nari Ward, Leslie Wayne, Todd Webb, Carrie Mae Weems, Deborah Willis
As part of a long history of artists addressing the political institutions of the societies in which they work, the work included will support candidates who promote a real exchange of ideas, who promote all voices, and who approach politics as a form of civic service. “We believe it’s time for artists to become more involved in the political process.” – Hank Willis Thomas.
The exhibited artworks will then be transformed into advertisements and positioned nationwide on billboards, as well as print and digital media spaces as a form of public “gallery”.