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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art

CALL TO ARTISTS

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 This is a call to all artists: from the front lines to the hilltops. If you are aware of the conditions corrupting social relations in cultural, ecological, economic and political spheres and feel the necessity of collective discussion, planning and action – please join us.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 This is a call to those who may make art with others or by themselves. You may make art about crisis or live within it. You may wonder what art can do, and what artists can do. The increasing commodification of creativity and professionalization of art demands that those who claim to be artists find ways to both utilize marginality and push away from it through participation and social critique.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The market often determines the value of our art and work, the form our art/work takes, as well as the nature of our relationships with one another. Economic forces and larger societal trends have shifted stakes for the structures of exchange (interpersonal and commodity driven), structures of labor (how we work, where we work, and what kind of work we do), and structures of time (the 24 hour work day and blurring divisions between labor and leisure). The market often determines the value of our art and work, the form our art/work takes, as well as the nature of our relationships with one another. Economic forces and larger societal trends have shifted stakes for the structures of exchange (interpersonal and commodity driven), structures of labor (how we work, where we work, and what kind of work we do), and structures of time (the 24 hour work day and blurring divisions between labor and leisure).

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 1 There are daily reminders of the uneven distribution of power and privilege that haunt our contradictory existence. War, deportations, wrongful incarceration, homelessness, police brutality, and inequality in education, healthcare and city services are among other ills that contribute to a fragmentation of our social bonds. A picture of what these oppressive forces have done to life should arouse every artist to action. We invite you to help us hone in on these and other looming “emergencies” of our day around which we might band together. We artists must act collectively. History gives us powerful examples of the relationship between productive political struggle, social change, and artists working together.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 1 We must look for alliances where we have failed to look before. There is a need for organization on a larger scale, starting in Chicago. Building on the traditions of the American Artists’ Congress, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the Black Artists Retreat, the Chicago John Reed Club, the Chicago Women’s Liberation Graphics Union, the Department of Space and Land Reclamation, the Interracial South Side Cultural Conference, Ladyfest Midwest, the Wall of Respect, Women’s Action Coalition, and We Want More– we come together again.

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Source: http://www.artistscongressopencall.com/call/