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Sounding Off: Art Activism in the 90s

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Sounding Off: Art Activism in the 90s

September 10 1998

A panel discussion held in conjunction with the New Museum’s “Urban Encounters” exhibition.  

“Urban Encounters” traced the political activism and artistic production of six artists’ collectives: the Guerrilla Girls, ABC No Rio, Godzilla, REPOhistory, Bullet Space, and World War III, all of which have shaped the history of activist art on the Lower East Side of Manhattan since the early 1980s. Installations, including an information kiosk with an interactive historical database, a street shack plastered with posters and graphics, and a documentary video featuring interviews of activist group members, examined the collectives’ legacies in light of the neighborhood’s current political and aesthetic realities.