Judd Foundation presents a series of programs this fall in partnership with For Freedoms, a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action by artists. Grounded in the shared values of engaged citizenship held by both organizations, this partnership highlights the contemporary relevance of Donald Judd’s position that: “Everyone has to be involved in politics, in organizations that will defend their rights and obtain more, that will decide on what should happen in all public matters. If you don’t act, someone else will decide everything.”
The month-long installation of posters, originally designed as billboards for the 2018 For Freedoms ‘50 State Initiative,’ will feature the work of artists Carlos Motta and José Parlá at Judd Foundation locations in New York and Marfa, Texas. In addition, Judd Foundation will host a conversation with both artists to address the question originally posed to Judd by Artforum in 1970: “What is your position regarding the kinds of political action that should be taken by artists?” Judd Foundation will partner with For Freedoms as part of their ‘2020 Awakening’ campaign.
For Freedoms believes in the vital role of culture and transforming our social and political systems. The ‘2020 Awakening’ campaign (#The2020Awakening) will focus on not only increasing voter engagement, but a longer-term vision of a great Awakening centered around Healing, Justice and Listening, the new “Four Freedoms.” Posting art is one of the many ways one can participate in this year’s campaign, amongst virtual town halls, marching, convening a cypher, as listed in For Freedoms’ ‘Infinite Playbook.’ Inspired by a little-known group of abolitionist dreamers founded in 1860 called the Wide Awakes, For Freedoms’ ‘2020 Awakening’ campaign seeks to build upon their previous work of modeling creative civic action, through centering artists and visionaries in public discourse. Being wide awake in 2020, For Freedoms practices and values compassion, critical thinking, imagination and accountability. They accept that we as a society cannot go backwards, and understand that change starts with individuals connected to one another.
In addition to this partnership with For Freedoms, Judd Foundation is committed to partnering programmatically with organizations whose primary missions are to further racial, socioeconomic, and gender equity.
About For Freedoms
Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman, Michelle Woo and Wyatt Gallery, 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.
For Freedoms offers tools and resources for people and institutions to participate in collective action. The new Wide Awakes aim for liberation and emancipation. They encourage and promote the creative use of one’s voice, one’s body, one’s mind, one’s vote and ultimately one’s soul. Their guiding principles are to insist on the future, provoke questions, be nuanced, play the infinite game and break binaries.
For information on For Freedoms’ 2020 Awakening, visit forfreedoms.org.