Art & Activism in America Now

Dec 16, 2020  -  Online Event @Studio Westhaven

American art today is confronting issues of racism, colonialism and identity head on. What is it like to be a visual artist in America now, where the public debate is dominated by Trumpism on the one hand and Black Lives Matter on the other?

The John Adams is joining forces with Kunsthal KAdE to talk about art and activism in America now. Our guests are two American artists, Dread Scott and Alixa Garcia, whose work is now on view in the exhibition This Is America at KAdE in Amersfoort. Alixa is also one of the driving forces behind the artist-led activist organization For Freedoms. Dread and Alixa will be joined by Dutch artist Patricia Kaersenhout, who is represented in the exhibition Say It Loud at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht.

Dread Scott’s description of his work goes straight to the heart of the matter: “I am a visual artist, and I make revolutionary art to propel history forwards.”

Join us, together with director Robbert Roos of Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort, for an exciting discussion on the role and content of art and the artist today.

The exhibition This is America: Art USA Today at Kunsthal KAdE in Amersfoort closed prematurely because of the new Covid-19 restrictions. The exhibition Say it Loud is at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht through April 18th.

Moderator: Tracy Metz & Robbert Roos

In collaboration with: Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort


Top images: © Deborah Willis, Reflections On Our Freedoms, For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative, 2018. Photo by Peter Cox, © Dread Scott, Slave Rebellion Reenactment (performance still)