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"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Elections #1: Organizing by artists

Hopefully, I'll finish a slew of election-related pieces by Tuesday.

Artnet has a great piece, "From Coast to Coast, Here’s How Artists Are Mobilizing Before the Midterm Elections," about various initiatives by artists concerning Tuesday's election.  Among others I like:

1. "For Freedoms: 50 State Initiative," Various Locations
Carrie Mae Weems, With Democracy in the Balance There Is Only One Choice (2018)
Carrie Mae Weems, With Democracy in the Balance There Is Only One Choice (2018)

2.  Plastic Jesus' graffiti stencil of a polling station (which should be utilized in a more general campaign focused on voter suppression)
Plastic Jesus, VOTE (2018)., Melrose and N. Stanley Avenues, Los Angeles
Plastic Jesus: VOTE," Melrose and North Stanley Avenues, Los Angeles

3.  The opening installation for the new "Center for Contemporary Political Art" in DC.  (For years, I've argued there needs to be a systematic capturing and display of such in DC, recording protests, etc.) as part of a "local history" museum.  Also see "" ()
Installation view, opening reception, 2018 Center for Contemporary Political Art, DC
Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump,” he Center for Contemporary Political Art in Washington, DC

4. The re-display of a 1990 work, " Untitled (Questions)," by Barbara Kruger, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Photo: Elon Schoenholz, courtesy of MOCA.
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Questions) (1990). Photo: Elon Schoenholz, courtesy of MOCA.

The article also discusses work other than installations including canvassing and rallies and seminars and performances.

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