“Shut It Down!”: Reframing the Art of Protest

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Marking the publication of Aruna D’Souza’s critically important new book, Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, 4Columns hosts a conversation regarding the power of protest to counter institutional racism within the art world. D’Souza will be joined by Whitewalling’s publisher, Paul Chan of Badlands Unlimited, and fellow 4Columns contributor James Hannaham to discuss some of the most pressing questions raised by the book: Can protest function as a generative, even artistic, act? Is the dichotomy of censorship versus free speech the only rubric through which to understand recent calls for the removal of art works and closing of exhibitions? How can resistance counteract institutional attempts to absorb and manage it? What does allyship look like in the context of these protests—and what are the limits of such an allyship, or even its risks? And how can arts writing itself (whether in the form of criticism or historical narrative) serve as a form of protest?

Copies of the book by Aruna D’Souza will be available for purchase and signing at the event through Badlands Unlimited.

June 13, 7pm

About 4Columns
4Columns is a nonprofit, online publication covering the gamut of contemporary culture, from literature to film to the visual arts. We are committed to criticism as a writerly genre in which singular passions ignite public discourse. Find us at 4columns.org.

Literature programs at The Kitchen are always free thanks to the support of our members. To learn more about the benefits of becoming a member, please click here.

Public programs are made possible with support from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Parker Bright, Confronting My Own Possible Death, 2018. Mixed media on paper, 19 x 24 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

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