Speak Out: Art, Design & Politics


November 1 - December 20, 2008

516 ARTS is pleased to announce Speak Out: Art, Design & Politics, opening right before the election on Saturday, November 1, 6-8pm. Guest Curator Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor of Art at Fordham University in New York, assembled a provocative two-floor exhibition featuring artists from across the country and the world who are not afraid to speak out. In the past, the power of print was enormous; people could be jailed for what they said, performed or put in print, and this is still true today in a few countries. In our present culture we are bombarded by a plethora of messages that jostle for our attention and flood our eyes and ears through print, performance and the media. This exhibition showcased artists and designers who have taken on the challenge of creating socially and politically charged messages that are responses to and meditations on injustices and atrocities around the globe.

Mitchel Ahern, Laurie Anderson, Art the Vote, Jesús Barraza, Frank Baseman, Michael Bierut, Matthew Bindert, Bread & Puppet Theatre, Burning Books, Bunny Burson, Melanie Cervantes, Sue Coe, Willie Cole, Patricia Dahlman, Michael Dal Cerro, Eileen Doktorski, Steven Elliott, Milton Glaser, Joan Iversen Goswell, Guerrilla Girls, Deborah Harris, Kit Hinrichs, John Hitchcock, Tom Huck, Susan Kendrot, Jeff Krueger, Lillian Lee & Neha Motipara, Marc Lepson & Dread Scott, Christina Marie Marsh, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Margaret McCarthy, Dylan A.T. Miner, Mark Newport, Harry Pearce, Artemio Rodriguez, Favianna Rodriguez, Augustine Romero, Christy Rupp, Joe Scorsone & Alice Drueding, Ken Solomon, Think Again, Gerrit Van Ness, Michelle Waters, Joel-Peter Witkin, Elizabeth White


516 WORDS: Saturday, November 15, 7pm

Join us for a literary arts event featuring poetry and music on political themes with: Margaret Randall, who the U.S. government judged subversive and she waged a battle with Immigration to be able to stay in the land of her birth; award winning Hip Hop playwright, break beat poet and recording artist Idris Goodwin; and Albuquerque’s own Priscilla Candelaria collaborating with Christian Orellano of the band Concepto Tambor, blending poetry with traditional rhythms and contemporary sounds. This event is organized by Richard Vargas and Lisa Gill in conjunction with the UNM M.F.A. in Creative Writing program.

Guerrilla Girls in Albuquerque

  • Performance: Friday, November 21, 7:30pm at the KiMo Theatre
  • Workshop: Saturday, November 22, 10:30am–1pm at UNM ARTS Lab

The Guerrilla Girls are legendary, feminist, masked avengers in the tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Wonder Woman and Batman. They use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture. (see press release)

Art21 Screening — Protest: Thursday, December 4, 5:30pm

How do contemporary artists engage politics, inequality and the many confl icts that besiege the world today? This episode of the Art21 series examines the ways contemporary artists picture and question war, express outrage and empathize with the suffering of others, focusing on artists Nancy Spero, An-My Lê, Alfredo Jaar and Jenny Holzer. This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, Inc., a non-profit contemporary art organization serving artists, students, teachers and the general public worldwide.