To whom are artists and art institutions accountable? What role can artists, and especially art students, play in political organizing and anti-capitalist, anti-colonial political action? The International Women’s Strike Campus Coordinating Committee presents “Art & Direct Action.” Members of MTL+ collective, Chinatown Art Brigade, and others will speak on their experiences combining research, aesthetics, organizing and action, followed by a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB) is an intergenerational, women-led collective driven by the fundamental belief that our cultural, material, and aesthetic modes of production have the power to advance social change. CAB is comprised of Asian American and Asian diaspora identifying visual artists, media makers, writers, educators, and organizers with deep roots in Manhattan's Chinatown. Together we make work that centers art and culture as a way to support community-led campaigns around issues of gentrification and displacement.
Members of MTL+ collective created Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy magazine, Global Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.), the direct action arm of Gulf Labor Artist Coalition, Strike Debt and Rolling Jubilee, Direct Action Front for Palestine (DAFP), Decolonial Cultural Front, and most recently, Decolonize This Place, a movement space and decolonial formation in New York City that combines analysis, organizing, art, and action around five strands of struggle: Indigenous Struggle, Black Liberation, Free Palestine, Global Wage Worker, and De-Gentrification.
School of Visual Arts
133/141 W 21st Street
Room 101C, ground floor theater.
This venue is wheelchair accessible.