Subscribe to our newsletter

Get the latest news, reviews, and commentary delivered directly to your inbox.

Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.

Posted inArt

Revolution Hasn’t Changed Artistic Censorship in Tunisia

TUNIS — “Rien n’a changé” (“Nothing has changed”). This was the response of many I met in Tunisia last summer when I asked them how they felt about the Tunisian revolution. Rising unemployment and persistent security concerns were the main worries many cited, along with increasing threats to freedom of speech for journalists and artists (the most recent report by the Tunis Center for Press Freedom detailing such threats is here and an article describing freedom of speech restrictions in Tunisia in 2013 here).

Posted inArt

Revisiting the Radical Energy of 1968

Currently on view at the Oakland Museum of California is The 1968 Exhibit, which focuses on the culture of that unforgettable year. Organized by the Minnesota History Center, the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum, this expansive show explores the tumultuous year whose highlights include human space travel, the assassinations of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the rise of the Black Panthers, the Beatles, and hippie culture, the first wide use of plastics, and many other things.

Posted inArt

Some Signs from Day 11 of #OccupyLA

LOS ANGELES — It’s Tuesday, Day 11, and the honeymoon period for Occupy LA seems to have ended. There is much spirited debate about what actions to take and disagreements over how the General Assembly should facilitate discussions. Occupiers who have been around since the beginning are restless from the movement’s week-long dithering while news of conflicts with police in Boston, Seattle and elsewhere have made emotions run high among protesters. Still, the occupation is now 269 tents strong and the amount of creative dissent increases everyday.

Posted inNews

Art Activism Takes Root at #OccupyLA

LOS ANGELES — Four days into #OccupyLA, a small community is growing near the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, where protesters have set up camp. The site contains first aid and media tents as well as stages for performers and speakers. In the afternoon, some protesters screenprinted clothing while others worked on paintings for a public gallery. The scene in Los Angeles is a flurry of activity with artists working together to build a more visible movement.