Citizenship: A Practice of Society is a survey of politically engaged art made since 2016. In response to political events and the current climate, as well as recent art world trends, the exhibition posits art making as a critical civic act. The works in the exhibition exemplify how artists act as citizens. Many of them facilitate viewers' participation, demonstrating how we, too, can engage in civic life. Works included address specific political crises, such as the opioid epidemic and Flint, Michigan's battle for a clean water supply. Others highlight specific legal issues that shape the American citizenry and society. And others simulate civic engagement in ways that distill it to its essence, transcending partisan politics.
The exhibition features recent work and several new commissions by more than 30 artists and organizations: Nicole Awai, Alexandra Bell, Tania Bruguera, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), Alex Da Corte, Creative Time, Jeremy Deller, Shannon Finnegan, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nan Goldin, Ann Hamilton, Adelita Husni-Bey, Ekene Ijeoma, the Institute of Sociometry, Ariel René Jackson, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Titus Kaphar, Kenya (Robinson), Robert Longo, Alan Michelson, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Öğüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pope.L, Pedro Reyes, Yumi Janairo Roth, Dread Scott, Laura Shill, Aram Han Sifuentes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.
Citizenship: A Practice of Society will run from October 2, 2020-February 14, 2021 and was curated by Assistant Curator, Zoe Larkins.
This exhibition was made possible by generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Scintilla Foundation, the CrossCurrents Foundation, and JunoWorks.
Art making is one civic practice, but there are various other ways to be engaged civically as well. How can we, like citizen-artists, practice citizenship? Every week, we’ll bring you speakers, artists, and experts who will help guide you through their ideas, their creative practices, and the ways in which they practice citizenship.
The exhibition features recent work and several new commissions by more than 30 artists and organizations. Meet the artists in the exhibition, take a look at their work, listen to the artists' commentary about their art, learn what MCA programs they are involved in, and dive deeper into the exhibition.
Citizenship: A Practice of Society, observes an exhibition survey of politically engaged art made since 2016. The exhibition has captivated visitors and generated important dialogue all across Denver. Check out some of the press clips honoring this timely exhibition.