If art can be defined as form shaped by the pressures of ideas, beliefs and emotions the collective resistance of the past year can be viewed as one of the greatest performance art pieces ever. We are existing in a time of mass disagreement, heated debate and misinformation, an environment of diverse and sometimes competing aspirations, symbols and histories. America is debating its identity and it is important to gather evidence of these transactions.
#artoftheprotest is an interactive collection arranged thematically covering the issues of:
Each topic has a grouping of “artifacts” from recent resistance events. These materials include: signs, hats, buttons, t-shirts, photographs and video. Throughout time it has been art not science which has provided solace for the soul. The “resistance” movement and the art it has spurred, offers reason for optimism.
History is not always what happened many years ago but often what happened just yesterday.
About the curators:
A life long New Yorker, accompanied her mother to her
first protest- which was against the Viet Nam War - and hasn’t stopped since. Involvement with nuclear disarmament and unionizing farmer workers to name just two causes followed. Then a little hiatus ensued to raise two kids.
The fires were rekindled with the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008. She joined Obama for America, became a neighborhood team leader and when it became Organizing for Action led her group in helping get the Affordable Care Act passed, held gun violence prevention actions, immigration reform events, voter registration drives, climate change protests and helped the victims of Sandy.
Angela M. LaMonte
Trained in naturalism and expressionism, LaMonte painted slightlyn illusionistic, semi-abstractions in the mid-1960s. Later, she subsumed influences ranging from Vassily Kandinsky to David Siqueiros and developed spiritual coloristic abstractions where shapes were sometimes exaggerated though the forms still seemed “real” and somewhat naturalistic. Now drawing from sources as diverse as cubist
collage, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauchenberg, she paints mixed media abstractions which convey an underlying social consciousness. Intense color contrasts continue as significant elements in her work and she uses actual materials as well as paint, pastel, colored inks, water crayon, engravings, photographs and original drawings.