The Art of Democracy: Tools of Persuasion

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Concept developed by: MAEP Artists Panel
Dates: October 8 – November 28, 2004
Gallery: Cargill Gallery

The concept for this exhibition evolved out of a series of conversations between the 2002-2003 MAEP Artist Panel members and the MAEP staff. These conversations, which began with the commencement of the war in Iraq, were about contemporary politics and the current state of American democracy. The panel decided to provide an opportunity for artists to speak out through an exhibition of political art that would coincide with the months immediately preceding and following the 2004 presidential election.

The panel published an open call for artists to express their political opinions through original works of art in formats typical of political ephemera. Formats accepted for "The Art of Democracy" included lawn signs, posters, T-shirts, flyers, magnets, pins, effigies, and infommercials. Guidelines for submission were published in the exhibition's call for entries and posted on www.artsmia.org/maep. Artists were encouraged to submit one work of art weekly for the run of this disposable exhibition, which morphed each week as new work was installed.

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