Apr. 23, 2013 by Jennifer Hadley
Art and Social Justice
Panel with the Artists
Meredith Stern, Marshall Weber, and Josh McPhee
Wednesday, April 24, 5:00 pm
Co-sponsored by The Friends of the Wesleyan Library
Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and The Department of Art and Art History
Annual meeting event of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library
Artists’ panel discussion organized in conjunction with the Davison Art Center exhibition, Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today.
Marshall Weber is a cofounder of Booklyn Artists Alliance, an artist-run, consensus-governed, non-profit organization of artists and bookmakers based in Brooklyn. Since 1999, Booklyn has promoted artists’ books and assisted artists and organizations in documenting, exhibiting, and distributing these artworks and related archives. An interdisciplinary artist, Marshall Weber creates innovative artist’s books and public performances. He describes his work as being “concerned with reading and writing the poetry of social networks, the resonance of cave paintings, imagining sustainable aesthetics, the beauty in justice.”
Meredith Stern organized the project This is an Emergency!, which combines visual art, narrative, and social justice and is included in the exhibition. She obtained a BFA in Ceramics at Tulane University in New Orleans. She went on to develop a multifaceted practice that includes printmaking, ‘zine publishing and socially engaged creative production. Meredith is a member of the Justseeds Artists Cooperative and has collaborated on several large scale art installations including The Miller Gallery as part of the Pittsburgh Biennial; and in Slovenia as part of the 29th Graphic Arts Biennial. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Book Arts at the MOMA, The Library Of Congress, and in universities and libraries around North America. Her work can be investigated further at meredithstern.org.
Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a member of both the Justseed Artists Cooperative (Justseeds.org) and the Occuprint collective (Occuprint.org). He is the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).
Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today was organized by the Davison Art Center in collaboration with the Special Collections and Archives, Wesleyan University Olin Library. The exhibition is on display at the Davison Art Center through May 26, 2013. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4:00 pm.