Guide to Politically Resistant Statements

CALIFORNIA
Southern Exposure, San Francisco
Southern Exposure will be closed on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 because we cannot, in good conscience, conduct business as usual, and because for artists everywhere this inauguration does not represent a peaceful transfer of power. The incoming administration poses a tangible threat to the values we hold sacred: freedom of expression, collectivity, equality for all people, and justice.

We choose to be governed by these values and we are guided by the community that holds art at the center of its formation. We stand in solidarity with artists who aspire to live in a world distinguished by justice and who imagine that world for us. We protest in solidarity with arts organization that also refute the ideologies of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. We march in solidarity with all those who will not be idle or passive while their families or friends or neighbors fear for their lives. We invite you to join us in assembly on January 20 and January 21 in the streets of San Francisco and everywhere the call for non-compliance resounds.

LOUISIANA
Antenna, New Orleans
Antenna will be closed on Friday January 20th, to give our staff and volunteers the opportunity to participate in activities happening city wide in recognition of the Presidential Inauguration.

PARSE, New Orleans
PARSE NOLA stands in solidarity with our colleagues at art spaces across the United States in observance of the #J20 Art Strike. We also support our many friends participating in marches and demonstrations on Inauguration Day. President-elect Trump has announced plans to obliterate the National Endowment for the Arts. This sorrowful news is disheartening for artists and arts organizations in the United States. It makes our already difficult jobs even harder, but it is also a call to action, to work harder and to raise our voices louder in support of creative practices and influential thinkers worldwide. We cannot and will not be silenced. PARSE NOLA will be closed on Friday, January 20, 2017.

MISSOURI
Informality, Kansas City
Two days into a new administration, the art world and the media have been directly targeted. We here at Informality will not stand for this. Our editors have been energized by marching in collective peaceful protests this weekend. These acts of solidarity and the warmth of hope put forth by the Women’s March across the world is an energy we don’t want to lose. We feel, in these times, it is apt that we adjust our mission statement and open our platform to writing that explores this shift in culture.
For complete statement see http://informalityblog.com/informalitys-new-mission/

NEW YORK
Recess, NYC
In solidarity with the #J20 Art Strike, Recess will be closed on Friday, January 20. We will re-open on Saturday, January 21, as a site of refuge and resistance for those who cannot or who choose not to protest in the streets. We invite you to join us.

Artist Action Group, Long Island
Artist Action Group, an independent collective of artists and creatively-minded people believes that art, culture and engaged imaginations can change the way people see their world, open them up to new ideas, and connect them with their neighbors. When the skills and strategies for igniting creativity are made broadly available to everyone and purposefully applied as tools for visioning a new and better world, these can be powerful forces for positive, transformative change. We are proud to partner alongside NGOs, nonprofits, political, cultural and community organizations on Long Island that are working to lift up and to protect the people, places, and values at risk under President-Elect Donald Trump's administration.

Occupy Museums, New York
Statement
J20 Artists Speak Out at Whitney Museum
 

OHIO
Spaces Gallery, Cleveland
Our May Research & Development Programming is responding to the new administration, titled "First 100+ Days" and curated by Christina Vassallo (Cleveland, OH). Eight artists living in the strategically positioned swing state of Ohio will make new work in response to Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, with a particular focus on his immigration policy. Participating artists include Julia Christensen, Ryan Dewey, Michelangelo Lovelace, Tony Ingrisano, Kelly O'Brien, Darice Polo, Nanette Yannuzzi, and Megan Young. It will be on view at SPACES from May 5 - June 30, 2017.
 

OREGON
Newspace Center for Photography, Portland
Today we stand with diversity, empathy and inclusion. Newspace will remain open to provide an indoor space for these practices but stand in solidarity with #J20 and those choosing to make their voices heard out in the streets.
 

TEXAS
Diverseworks, Dallas
Following the election, DiverseWorks staff co-authored a statement reaffirming the organization's commitment to freedom of expression, which was sent to our email list of 5,000+ subscribers, and posted on our Facebook page.
 

INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZERS
Anne Focke, Seattle

A bigger choir – a countervailing force, an essay