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.
Above 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 Resistance: Activist 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.
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 5pm