So you’re an artist and you want to use your skills to resist Donald Trump and the Republican agenda — the Visual Resistance (TVR) may be for you. Organized by WRRQ, a collective of queer artists and activists, this Wednesday night community action forum offers an open invitation to anyone looking to fight oppression in creative ways. Conversations are set to take place on myriad topics, including the creation of hate-free zones, radical education, institutional resistance, and digital security; those planning to attend can RSVP via a Google form and let the organizers know which discussions they want to join. The night will be capped off by “an informal social hour” and a performance by artist Chris Berntsen that combines a personal queer archive from the 1970s with the artist’s own contemporary queer imagery.
WRRQ identifies itself as “an intergenerational community of artists and activists united in queerness who wrrq to transform our culture.” This event at Aperture is part of a program organized by For Freedoms, the super PAC created by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman during the 2016 US presidential election. For Freedoms’ two-week stint at Aperture concentrates on collectives and the definition of political art making today. In addition to TVR’s forum, it features several other events as well as an exhibition of work by members of the featured collectives — EverydayClimateChange, Invisible Borders, Kamoinge, Piece of Cake, Rawi(ya), and WRRQ — which remains on view in the gallery through March 9.
When: Wednesday, March 1, 6–10pm
Where: Aperture Gallery and Bookstore (547 West 27th Street, 4th floor, Chelsea, Manhattan)
More info here.