5. Artist Residency: Laboratory For Freedoms at MoMA PS1
“For Freedoms” banner. Image via MoMA PS1
Art has historically been a form of expression, and a way to engage political debate. In keeping with, and expanding on that legacy, artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman created the first artist-run political action committee (PAC), For Freedoms. This non-partisan PAC invites artists to create advertisements, exhibitions, and public meetings across the country, claiming political space for art. The object is to encourage discussions of core democratic values, as oppose to campaigning against specific candidates.
MoMA PS1 will host For Freedoms for an artist residency during the first 100 days of the new presidential administration. As part of Sunday Sessions, For Freedoms will present a live program related to using art to inspire deeper political engagement. Artist Residency: Laboratory for Freedoms will be on view to April 29, 2017 at MoMA PS1, an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.