Artists: Madeline Anderson, Gregg Bordowitz, Jem Cohen, Storm de Hirsch, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Barbara Hammer, Leonard M. Henny, Richard Leacock, Tara Mateik, Patricia Silva; Meerkat Media Collective, Paper Tiger Television, the Workers Film and Photo League, Videofreex; with content from: Firing Line, Associated Press, C-SPAN, Democracy Now!, PBS NewsHour, Third World Newsreel
Venue: MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge
Exhibition Title: Civil Disobedience
Curated by: Henriette Huldisch, Yuri Stone
Date: July 18 – October 29, 2017
Note: A publication associated with the exhibition is available for download here.
Paper Tiger Television, Tompkins Square Park: Operation Class Warfare on the Lower East Side, 1992, video, 34 mins 36 secs. Original Source; Courtesy Paper Tiger Television
Full gallery of images, videos, press release and link available after the jump.
Associated Press (AP), Footage from Women’s March, 2017, video, 1 min 9 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Associated Press Archives
C-SPAN, excerpt from live coverage of the Taxpayer March on Washington, September 12, 2009, video; Original Source; Courtesy C-SPAN
Ja’Tovia Gary, An Ecstatic Experience, 2016, video, 1 min 45 secs; Original Source; Courtesy the artist
Democracy Now! From Ferguson to NYC, Protesters Mark National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality, 2014. 4 mins 17 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Democracy Now!
Firing Line, Excerpt from Episode 99: William F. Buckley and Allen Ginsberg, 1968, video, (extended episode) 51 mins 8 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Hoover Institution Archives.
Madeline Anderson, I Am Somebody, 1970, video, 29 mins 43 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Icarus Films
Meerkat Media Collective, To Be Heard: Day #13 of the Trump Administration, 2017, video, 3 mins 18 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Meerkat Media Collective
Paper Tiger Television, Standing Rock Women’s March, 2016, video, 3 mins 25 secs; Original Source; Courtesy Paper Tiger Television
PBS News Hour, Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015, video, 7 mins 5 secs; Original Source
Workers Film and Photo League of the W.I.R., The National Hunger March, 1931, film transferred to video, 11 mins 48 secs; Original Source; Courtesy MoMA Circulating Film & Video Library.
Images courtesy of MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge. Photos by Peter Harris Studio. Videos courtesy of Associated Press Archives; Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI); The Film-Makers’ Cooperative; the Hoover Institution Archives; Icarus Films; MIT Museum; MoMA Circulating Film & Video Library; Picture Palace Pictures; and Video Data Bank.
Social and political movements are born out of the urgent desire to make abstract principles concrete. Public demonstration is one way to voice opposition to a government’s actions believed to be unjust, illegitimate, or unconstitutional. In the streets and on college campuses, in town halls, churches and prisons, in public parks and reservations, civil disobedience has long been a tool of activism. Whether taking the form of mass occupation or individual statement, political protest is ingrained in American culture.
List Projects: Civil Disobedience is a program of documentaries, news footage, citizen journalism, artist’s films and videos focusing on moments of political resistance and public demonstration from the early 20th century through today. Presenting records from the historical Civil Rights and women’s movements, gay liberation and AIDS activism, the Black Lives Matter movement, and recent Women’s Marches recognize the history of resistance, and considers the role that artists and documentarians play in chronicling and confronting abuses of power and social injustice.
The exhibition includes the work of filmmakers Madeline Anderson, Gregg Bordowitz, Jem Cohen, Storm de Hirsch, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Barbara Hammer, Leonard M. Henny, Richard Leacock, Tara Mateik, and Patricia Silva; collaborative work by video collectives Meerkat Media Collective, Paper Tiger Television, the Workers Film and Photo League, and Videofreex; content from long-running television series Firing Line, and media outlets such as the Associated Press, C-SPAN, Democracy Now!, PBS NewsHour, and Third World Newsreel. All films are screened daily in the Bakalar Gallery.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition are selections from the MIT Student Activism Poster Collection 1968-1973, courtesy the MIT Museum.
List Projects: Civil Disobedience is curated by Henriette Huldisch, Curator, and Yuri Stone, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.