There is a new player in town, and no, it is not Danny Lyon at the Whitney nor Richard Serra at Gagosian: it is the first artist-run Super PAC, For Freedoms. You can catch them at eponymously named shows at both Jack Shainman Gallery locations. 

Ward, Nari, Mass Action. Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Ward, Nari, Mass Action. Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Who are the masterminds behind For Freedoms, you ask? Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman joined forces to create the first ever artist run-super PAC. With a mission to use art to inspire conversation, they created an approachable environment to ponder controversial issues spanning gun control, race, and gender equality, and reproductive rights. Whether alone or with a friend, the show opens the possibility for dialogue.

 

©Michele Pred. Courtesy of the artist and Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

©Michele Pred. Courtesy of the artist and Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.

Some works satirize the American system, as they reveal the delusions, discrepancies, and even humor within our political spectrum. Whether you are provoked by the racy work of Zoe Buckman titled “Champ” which is composed of two boxing gloves as the corners of a neon pink women’s uterus, or Wendy Ewlad’s “A Girls Alphabet, Andover, Massachusetts,” these works expose sensitivities and holes in American democracy.  

 Ewald, Wendy, A Girls Alphabet, Andover, Massachusetts, . Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Wendy Ewald, A Girls Alphabet, Andover. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

This show begs the question: “does the future of America’s democracy fall in the hands of artists, or does it still take place in the polls?”

Header image: Zoe Buckman, Champ, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Bethanie Brady Artist Management