For Freedoms

Description

Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. In 2018, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative: the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history.

Events

Eric Gottesman, The American Way
5
Oct
Event

Eric Gottesman, The American Way

October 5, 2018
Billboard
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers
5
Oct
Event

Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers

October 5, 2018
billboard
Sanford Biggers, Just Us
5
Oct
Event

Sanford Biggers, Just Us

October 5, 2018
billboard
Gordon Parks, I Am You
5
Oct
Event

Gordon Parks, I Am You

October 5, 2018
billboard
Wyatt Gallery, An Expensive Hoax
5
Oct
Event

Wyatt Gallery, An Expensive Hoax

October 5, 2018
billboard
EJI, Presence of Justice
5
Oct
Event

EJI, Presence of Justice

October 5, 2018
billboard
Joy Sela, We Mirror
8
Oct
Event

Joy Sela, We Mirror

October 8, 2018
billboard
Joy Sela, We Mirror
8
Oct
Event

Joy Sela, We Mirror

October 8, 2018
billboard
Richard Renaldi, Who Are We
15
Oct
Event

Richard Renaldi, Who Are We

October 15, 2018
billboard
Alfredo Jaar, Es Usted Feliz
4
Oct
Event

Alfredo Jaar, Es Usted Feliz

October 4, 2018
billboard
Hank Willis Thomas x 21c, Love Over Rules
1
Oct
Event

Hank Willis Thomas x 21c, Love Over Rules

October 1, 2018
billboard
Ahron Weiner, Buttheads
8
Oct
Event

Ahron Weiner, Buttheads

October 8, 2018
billboard
Ahron Weiner, Buttheads
8
Oct
Event

Ahron Weiner, Buttheads

October 8, 2018
billboard
Sadie Barnette, Some Space
5
Oct
Event

Sadie Barnette, Some Space

October 5, 2018
billboard
Sol Guy, We Are All Related
5
Oct
Event

Sol Guy, We Are All Related

October 5, 2018
billboard
Xaviera Simmons, FREEDOM IS NOT GUARANTEED
5
Oct
Event

Xaviera Simmons, FREEDOM IS NOT GUARANTEED

October 5, 2018
billboard
Dustin Yellin, HERE COMES THE SEA...Anthropogenic Climate Change and the future of our species
5
Oct
Event

Dustin Yellin, HERE COMES THE SEA...Anthropogenic Climate Change and the future of our species

October 5, 2018
billboard
Tuan Nguyen, Not Spaceship Earth
5
Oct
Event

Tuan Nguyen, Not Spaceship Earth

October 5, 2018
billboard
Anonymous, Me Pardon Me
1
Oct
Event

Anonymous, Me Pardon Me

October 1, 2018
billboard
Anonymous, Pardon Me
1
Oct
Event

Anonymous, Pardon Me

October 1, 2018
billboard
Mitch Epstein, The Common Air
2
Oct
Event

Mitch Epstein, The Common Air

October 2, 2018
billboard
Emily Jacir, Translate Allah
3
Oct
Event

Emily Jacir, Translate Allah

October 3, 2018
billboard
Guerrilla Girls, Dear Boss: No Wonder You Don’t Pay Us a Living Wage
5
Oct
Event

Guerrilla Girls, Dear Boss: No Wonder You Don’t Pay Us a Living Wage

October 5, 2018
billboard
Justin Brice Guariglia x 21c, We Are The Asteroid
1
Oct
Event

Justin Brice Guariglia x 21c, We Are The Asteroid

October 1, 2018
billboard
Michelangelo Lovelace, Glory
5
Oct
Event

Michelangelo Lovelace, Glory

October 5, 2018
billboard
Emily Hanako Momohara x 21c, Child Imprisonment: Never Again is Now
24
Sep
Event

Emily Hanako Momohara x 21c, Child Imprisonment: Never Again is Now

September 24, 2018
billboard
Carrie Mae Weems x Light Work, Democracy Hangs In The Balance
28
Aug
Event

Carrie Mae Weems x Light Work, Democracy Hangs In The Balance

August 28, 2018
billboard
Light Work, Be Strong And Do Not Betray Your Soul
28
Aug
Event

Light Work, Be Strong And Do Not Betray Your Soul

August 28, 2018
billboard
Eric Gottesman x Light Work, Where Do We Go From Here?
28
Aug
Event

Eric Gottesman x Light Work, Where Do We Go From Here?

August 28, 2018
billboard
Zoe Buckman x Light Work, Grab Em By The Ballots
28
Aug
Event

Zoe Buckman x Light Work, Grab Em By The Ballots

August 28, 2018
billboard
Eric Gottesman x Light Work, Where Do We Go From Here?
28
Aug
Event

Eric Gottesman x Light Work, Where Do We Go From Here?

August 28, 2018
billboard
Hank Willis Thomas x Light Work, US IS THEM, THEY ARE US
28
Aug
Event

Hank Willis Thomas x Light Work, US IS THEM, THEY ARE US

August 28, 2018
billboard
Paola Mendoza and Kisha Bari, I Am a Child
8
Oct
Event

Paola Mendoza and Kisha Bari, I Am a Child

October 8, 2018
billboard
Gordon Parks x Photoville, I Am You
12
Sep
Event

Gordon Parks x Photoville, I Am You

September 12, 2018
billboard
Suzanne Lacy, ONE/US
5
Oct
Event

Suzanne Lacy, ONE/US

October 5, 2018
billboard
Cristina Velásquez, No Soy Tu Mamasita
5
Oct
Event

Cristina Velásquez, No Soy Tu Mamasita

October 5, 2018
billboard
Richard Misrach, Romans 13:10
5
Oct
Event

Richard Misrach, Romans 13:10

October 5, 2018
billboard
AFRICA'SOUT!, Africa's Out!
5
Oct
Event

AFRICA'SOUT!, Africa's Out!

Wangechi Mutu
October 5, 2018
billboard
William Scott and David Byrne, Untitled
8
Oct
Event

William Scott and David Byrne, Untitled

October 8, 2018
billboard
Jim Goldberg, It's Mourning in America
5
Oct
Event

Jim Goldberg, It's Mourning in America

October 5, 2018
billboard
Jeffrey Gibson, THIS STORY HASN’T BEEN WRITTEN YET
5
Oct
Event

Jeffrey Gibson, THIS STORY HASN’T BEEN WRITTEN YET

October 5, 2018
billboard
Travis Somerville, Nevermind, 2016
8
Oct
Event

Travis Somerville, Nevermind, 2016

Courtesy of Maus Contemporary
October 8, 2018
billboard
Stacey L. Kirby x 21c, Yo Soy Válida
1
Oct
Event

Stacey L. Kirby x 21c, Yo Soy Válida

October 1, 2018
billboard
Muna Malik, Exodus 22:21
8
Oct
Event

Muna Malik, Exodus 22:21

October 8, 2018
billboard
Travis Somerville, Nevermind, 2016
8
Oct
Event

Travis Somerville, Nevermind, 2016

Courtesy of Maus Contemporary
October 8, 2018
billboard
Fred Tomaselli, I've Fallen
5
Oct
Event

Fred Tomaselli, I've Fallen

October 5, 2018
billboard
Jessica Ingram, Vote for Vernon Dahmer, 2018
4
Oct
Event

Jessica Ingram, Vote for Vernon Dahmer, 2018

October 4, 2018
billboard
Michele Pred x Projects+Gallery, YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS
1
Oct
Event

Michele Pred x Projects+Gallery, YOUR BODY YOUR BUSINESS

October 1, 2018
billboard
Hank Willis Thomas x Projects+Gallery, All Li es Matter
1
Oct
Event

Hank Willis Thomas x Projects+Gallery, All Li es Matter

October 1, 2018
billboard
Derrick Adams x Projects+Gallery, Ode to Bayard Rustin
1
Oct
Event

Derrick Adams x Projects+Gallery, Ode to Bayard Rustin

October 1, 2018
billboard
Jeremy Dean x 21c, In Divisible
26
Aug
Event

Jeremy Dean x 21c, In Divisible

August 26, 2018
billboard
Jeremy Dean x 21c, Hummer Stagecoach
26
Aug
Event

Jeremy Dean x 21c, Hummer Stagecoach

August 26, 2018
billboard
Christine Sun Kim, Words Shape Reality
5
Oct
Event

Christine Sun Kim, Words Shape Reality

October 5, 2018
billboard
Michael Rakowitz, Ahlan Wa Salan
5
Oct
Event

Michael Rakowitz, Ahlan Wa Salan

October 5, 2018
billboard
Jamila El Sahili, Human Being
3
Oct
Event

Jamila El Sahili, Human Being

October 3, 2018
billboard
Christopher Myers x CMCA, Mayflower
15
Oct
Event

Christopher Myers x CMCA, Mayflower

October 15, 2018
billboard
Christopher Myers x SPACE Gallery, Mayflower
15
Oct
Event

Christopher Myers x SPACE Gallery, Mayflower

October 15, 2018
billboard
Demian DinéYazhi’ x SPACE Gallery, PROMISE ME YOU WON'T COLONIZE ME (mars), 2014.
15
Oct
Event

Demian DinéYazhi’ x SPACE Gallery, PROMISE ME YOU WON'T COLONIZE ME (mars), 2014.

October 15, 2018
billboard
Christopher Myers x MECA, Mayflower
13
Sep
Event

Christopher Myers x MECA, Mayflower

September 13, 2018
billboard
Natalie White, Equal Means Equal
5
Oct
Event

Natalie White, Equal Means Equal

October 5, 2018
billboard
Shinique Smith, Portrait of Shinique as a Bundle on Rodeo Beach (3 months before Cosco oil spill), 2007
8
Oct
Event

Shinique Smith, Portrait of Shinique as a Bundle on Rodeo Beach (3 months before Cosco oil spill), 2007

Shinique Smith
October 8, 2018
billboard
Shinique Smith, Portrait of Shinique as a Bundle on Rodeo Beach (3 months before Cosco oil spill), 2007
8
Oct
Event

Shinique Smith, Portrait of Shinique as a Bundle on Rodeo Beach (3 months before Cosco oil spill), 2007

Shinique Smith
October 8, 2018
billboard
Lorraine O'Grady, Come out, come out, wherever you are
5
Oct
Event

Lorraine O'Grady, Come out, come out, wherever you are

October 5, 2018
billboard
Titus Kaphar x 21c, Behind the Myth of Benevolence
1
Oct
Event

Titus Kaphar x 21c, Behind the Myth of Benevolence

October 1, 2018
billboard
Donald Moffett, Think Science
3
Oct
Event

Donald Moffett, Think Science

October 3, 2018
billboard
Ebony Patterson x 21c, untitled (...he was 12)
1
Oct
Event

Ebony Patterson x 21c, untitled (...he was 12)

October 1, 2018
billboard
Jesse Williams, That's All Folks!
5
Oct
Event

Jesse Williams, That's All Folks!

October 5, 2018
billboard
Theaster Gates, Where Black Power Lives
5
Oct
Event

Theaster Gates, Where Black Power Lives

October 5, 2018
billboard
Tomashi Jackson, Alteronce in Hannah (Oliver Brown, et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al.)
8
Oct
Event

Tomashi Jackson, Alteronce in Hannah (Oliver Brown, et al. v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al.)

Tomashi Jackson, courtesy of Tilton Gallery
October 8, 2018
billboard
Wendy Ewald, Christian
5
Oct
Event

Wendy Ewald, Christian

October 5, 2018
billboard
Paula Crown x 21c, Thoughts & Prayers
24
Sep
Event

Paula Crown x 21c, Thoughts & Prayers

September 24, 2018
billboard
Paula Crown x 21c, Thoughts & Prayers
24
Sep
Event

Paula Crown x 21c, Thoughts & Prayers

September 24, 2018
billboard
Cheryl Pope, Lines Can't Be Drawn In The Middle
8
Oct
Event

Cheryl Pope, Lines Can't Be Drawn In The Middle

October 8, 2018
billboard
Cheryl Pope, Lines Can't Be Drawn In The Middle
8
Oct
Event

Cheryl Pope, Lines Can't Be Drawn In The Middle

October 8, 2018
billboard
Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now
5
Oct
Event

Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now

October 5, 2018
billboard
Imaikalini Kalahele and Cory Taum x Axis Chinatown, Ula Leo
2
Nov
Event

Imaikalini Kalahele and Cory Taum x Axis Chinatown, Ula Leo

November 2, 2018
billboard
Awol Erizku, Make America Panther Again
5
Oct
Event

Awol Erizku, Make America Panther Again

October 5, 2018
billboard
Shaun Leonardo, Trayvon Martin
5
Oct
Event

Shaun Leonardo, Trayvon Martin

October 5, 2018
billboard
Jamila El Sahili, I Love You
8
Oct
Event

Jamila El Sahili, I Love You

October 8, 2018
billboard
Jamila El Sahili, I Love You
8
Oct
Event

Jamila El Sahili, I Love You

October 8, 2018
billboard
Derrick Adams x 21c, Ode to Bayard Rustin
1
Oct
Event

Derrick Adams x 21c, Ode to Bayard Rustin

October 1, 2018
billboard
Stuart Sheldon, The Best Words
8
Oct
Event

Stuart Sheldon, The Best Words

October 8, 2018
billboard
Stuart Sheldon, The Best Words
8
Oct
Event

Stuart Sheldon, The Best Words

October 8, 2018
billboard
Ken Gonzales Day, Untitled (Antico [Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi], Bust of a Young Man, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Francis Harwood, Bust of a Man, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA), 2010.
5
Oct
Event

Ken Gonzales Day, Untitled (Antico [Pier Jacopo Alari-Bonacolsi], Bust of a Young Man, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Francis Harwood, Bust of a Man, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA), 2010.

October 5, 2018
billboard
Edgar Arcenaux, Hopelessness Freezes Time
8
Oct
Event

Edgar Arcenaux, Hopelessness Freezes Time

October 8, 2018
billboard
Trevor Paglen, Nov. 6
5
Oct
Event

Trevor Paglen, Nov. 6

October 5, 2018
billboard
Susan Meiselas, 2:00 a.m. Arrest and documentation of twelve-year-old boy, Imperial Beach, CA, 1989
5
Oct
Event

Susan Meiselas, 2:00 a.m. Arrest and documentation of twelve-year-old boy, Imperial Beach, CA, 1989

October 5, 2018
billboard
Rashid Johnson, Faces*
2
Oct
Event

Rashid Johnson, Faces*

October 2, 2018
billboard
Paula Crown, Hurt People Hurt People
2
Oct
Event

Paula Crown, Hurt People Hurt People

October 2, 2018
billboard
JR, Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the border, Tecate, Mexico - U.S.A., 2017
3
Oct
Event

JR, Migrants, Mayra, Picnic across the border, Tecate, Mexico - U.S.A., 2017

October 3, 2018
billboard
Marilyn Minter, SAD
5
Oct
Event

Marilyn Minter, SAD

October 5, 2018
billboard
Zoe Buckman x 21c, Inaction is Apathy
1
Oct
Event

Zoe Buckman x 21c, Inaction is Apathy

October 1, 2018
billboard
Justin Brice Guariglia x Anchorage Museum, We Are The Asteroid
4
Oct
Event

Justin Brice Guariglia x Anchorage Museum, We Are The Asteroid

October 4, 2018
billboard
BE STRONG AND DO NOT BETRAY YOUR SOUL: Selections from the Light Work Collection
27
Aug
Event

BE STRONG AND DO NOT BETRAY YOUR SOUL: Selections from the Light Work Collection

Light Work and For Freedoms are pleased to announce Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection.Borrowing its title from the Charles Biasiny-Rivera piece of the same name, Be Strong and Do Not Betray Your Soul features more than forty photographs from the Light Work Collection that explore topics of politics, social justice, identity, and visibility. These subjects have remained significant for Light Work and many of the artists we have supported over our forty-five year history. The list of artists includes: Laura Aguilar, George Awde, Karl Baden, Lois Barden and Harry Littell, Claire Beckett, Charles Biasing-Rivera, Samantha Box, Deborah Bright, Chan Chao, Renee Cox, Rose Marie Cromwell, Jen Davis, Jess Dugan, John Edmonds, Amy Elkins, Nereyda Garcia Ferraz, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Antony Gleaton, Jim Goldberg, David Graham, Mahtab Hussain, Osamu James Nakagawa, Tommy Kha, Pipo Nguyen-Duy, Deana Lawson, Mary Mattingly, Jackie Nickerson, Shelley Niro, Suzanne Opton, Kristine Potter, Ernesto Pujol, Irina Rozovsky, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Kanako Sasaki, Pacifico Silano, Clarissa Sligh, Beuford Smith, Amy Stein, Mila Teshaieva, Brian Ulrich, Ted Wathen, Carrie Mae Weems, Carla Williams, Hank Willis Thomas, Pixy Yijun Liao.In addition to the selections of work on view at Light Work, we have collaborated with For Freedoms to display a series of billboards throughout the city of Syracuse created by internationally-renowned artists Zoe Buckman, Eric Gottesman, Carrie Mae Weems, and Hank Willis Thomas. These billboards use photography and text to address social issues and our political climate. This exhibition and related programming coincides with The 50 State Initiative, an ambitious new phase of For Freedoms Fall 2018 programming, during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners, including Light Work, who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions, and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, these exhibitions, and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action.
August 27, 2018
Exhibition
Supporting Art & Social Change with For Freedoms
10
Oct
Event

Supporting Art & Social Change with For Freedoms

For Freedoms will host an intimate discussion exploring how diverse brands support artists and galvanize community organizing for greater social change. Speakers include Sol Guy, Union's Chris Gibbs, artist Ernesto Yerena, Sexy Beast for Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, and more.
October 10, 2018
Why We Speak: A For Freedoms Town Hall at Photoville
13
Sep
Event

Why We Speak: A For Freedoms Town Hall at Photoville

United Photo Industries will be teaming up with For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016. On the inaugural week of their 50 State Initiative, the For Freedoms team will present a Town Hall event for Photoville’s opening night to highlight a freedom which is close to all of our hearts—Freedom of Speech. As forums for inclusive public conversation and civic dialogue, For Freedoms Town Halls bring citizens together with contemporary artists, designers, and policy makers, welcoming many and diverse points of views. With special guests and performances, this evening will bring together the visual storytelling and artistic communities to ask how, both now and in the past, artists’ right to freedom of speech has been alternately infringed, upheld, and empowered. What is the importance and the power of creating art as a speech act?The evening will also include a special performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 50 women who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices.Following the For Freedoms Town Hall, please join us for a screening of THE FENCE 2018 and the announcement of the People’s Choice winner.
September 13, 2018
Town Hall