A co-presentation with NomüNomü

The elite art world faces two rebellions in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, 2017 political crisis, and overall acceleration of neoliberalism. First up is a demand that the art industry become more equitable in its distribution of rewards by recognizing the many shadowed individuals who actually reproduce its value. And second, an equally powerful desire for artists to partially or totally exit the art system altogether by merging with everyday life and community struggles for social justice, including gentrification. Sholette’s presentation will focus on details of this dual pattern as they play-out within what he terms the “bare art world,” a high cultural sphere whose political and economic contradictions can no longer be concealed from view.  

Image from the May Day occupupation of the Guggenheim Museum by the Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (known as G.U.L.F.) on May 1, 2015

about the speaker

Dr. Gregory Sholette is an artist, writer, activist and founding member of three noted social justice art collectives: Political Art Documentation/Distribution (1989-1988); REPOhistory (1989-2000); and Gulf Labor Coalition (2010-ongoing). He is author of Delirium and ResistanceActivist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (2017: Pluto Press), and Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture (2010: Pluto Press); co-editor of Art as Social Action (2018: Skyhorse Press); It’s the Political Economy, Stupid (2012: Pluto); Collectivism After Modernism (Minn. 2006); and The Interventionists (2004, MIT). A graduate of the Whitney Independent Studies Program in critical theory he holds an MFA from UC San Diego; BFA from The Cooper Union, and received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Nethelands (2017). An Associate Professor he teaches sculpture, critical theory and co-directs the Social Practice Queens program at Queens, Queens Art Department, CUNY.

ABOUT The presenter

NomüNomü is a DC-based arts collective dedicated to creating new spaces for other articulations of art, based primarily on the idea that art should be a collaborative, educational, and fun cultural exercise that always looks to challenge and critique the status quo. NomüNomü maintains a diverse selection of artists whose make-up cuts through the lines of race, age, gender, and orientation in order to create shows that can push dialogues and audiences towards a truer understanding of the intersectionality within the field of art, so as to transform it entirely.


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001



Saturday, February 10, 2018, 5pm