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PopRally Presents: The Art of Dissent (1 of 3)

Part 1 of 3

Tuesday, August 12, 2008. 7:00 P.M.

In an election year or during times of strife, artists are often compelled to react with works of a political nature. For many artists, however, dissent is more than a momentary impulse; their politics are an essential component of both their art and their interactions with community and commerce. In this panel, artists and musicians discuss how politics and art mix in their work and working processes.

Justseeds was originally started in 1998 by artist and editor Josh MacPhee as a way to distribute his own art and the Celebrate People's History poster series. MacPhee also reached out to like-minded artists in order to create the Justseeds/Visual Resistance Artists' Cooperative, an artist/worker-owned-and-run cooperative. Paper Tiger (PTTV) combines media art and activism to create an alternative spin on the traditional television format. Musician Ted Leo first gained national exposure in hardcore bands such as Citizens Arrest, Chisel, and the Sin-Eaters, and has released five critically acclaimed albums with his band the Pharmacists. Leo's music "provides a near perfect combination of politics, art, punk values, and humor."

Following presentations by the artists, Gretchen Wagner, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Prints & Illustrated Books, moderates a discussion. A reception follows the event.

PopRally would like to thank GuS – Grown-up Soda for their sponsorship.

PopRally is funded by the generous support of Katherine Farley and Jerry I. Speyer.



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