September 25, 2018, 5pm
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
For more information on For Freedoms, please visit www.forfreedoms.org
The Tang Teaching Museum, Student Government Association, and For Freedoms will be registering Saratoga Springs residents to vote at this non-partisan, artist-led voter registration drive on Tuesday, September 25, which is also National Voter Registration Day. The Skidmore SGA will also be registering students to vote. The event will launch the exhibition, For Freedoms, and is held in conjunction with the art and activism exhibition Give a damn. Visitors will be provided the opportunity to create a free yard sign on which they can write what they give a damn about. The lawn signs are a collaboration with For Freedoms, founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, and begin with one of four phrases that you can complete:
Freedom Of _____
Freedom From _____
Freedom For _____
Freedom To _____
Visitors will be invited to have their signs installed outside the Tang, where they will stay on view as part of a public art project through the November election. Those who wish to display their signs at their own homes are encouraged to share images of their signs on social media with the hashtags #ForFreedoms and #TangMuseum.
All materials will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
For Freedoms started in 2016 as a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation, not by ideology. For Freedoms is part of a rich history of artists employing means of mass communication to provoke political discourse. For Freedoms believes art, and artists, play an important role in galvanizing our society towards a more representative and transparent government. For more information, please visit www.forfreedoms.org.