The 2016 presidential election has consumed mainstream media and has left many of us wondering what is to come if either one of the presidential candidates are elected into office. “For Freedoms” at the Jack Shainman Gallery aims to engage the American people to question what does democracy look like today and what needs to be changed?
Artists and founders of the project, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, created an artist run super PAC. Not sure what a super PAC is? It is an independent committee that is allowed to raise an unlimited amount of money from people, corporations, unions, etc. and then spend an unlimited amounts of money to support or go against presidential candidates. This finical power can make a huge difference in elections. But instead of supporting candidates, Thomas and Gottesman are using the super PAC donations to support other artists who are using art to reflect on political issues as well.
The artwork will turn into advertisements and will be posted nationwide on billboards. The headquarters for the super PAC is currently at the 24th St, Jack Shainman Gallery along with the “For Freedoms exhibit”. An expanded “For Freedoms” exhibit has opened up at their 20th St location.
To donate to the super PAC: http://www.forfreedoms.org/about-1/