Project Description

FOR FREEDOMS (2016)

Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce 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 our 24th Street location. An expansion of the Freedoms exhibition will open at our 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:

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”.

Included in this group exhibition is Paula Crown’s work Humble Hubris: Don’t Know What You Got (till it’s gone) (2016). Paula Crown repurposes a historical and picturesque photograph of a mountain-scape used in an advertising campaign for Humble Oil in 1962. Here, the photograph is translated directly into painting, channeling new evidence that oil executives knew of the link between their industry and the consequences of CO2 in the 1970s. The work references the language of posters and sign-painting to reroute this image from advertisement to activism.   

Please visit www.forfreedoms.org to get involved!