Of the people
Curated by Erin Donnelly
June 17 - July 31, 2016
Opening reception: Saturday, June 18, 5-8pm

Exhibiting Artists:
Lauren Frances Adams
Daniel Bejar
Guy Ben-Ari

Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine (Mildred Beltre & Oasa DuVerney)
Isabella Cruz-Chong
Peggy Diggs
Esteban del Valle
Nicholas Fraser
Emily Greenberg
Alicia Grullon*
Jeremy D. Olson
Sheryl Oring
Ben Pinder
Brittany M. Powell
Kate Sopko
t.Rutt (Mary Mihelic & David Gleeson)*
Martha Wilson*
Leah Wolff

*Public event artist

Friday, June 17, 11:30am-8pm: Filibuster #2 by Alicia Grullon
For this live re-enactment of Senator Bernie Sanders' Bush Tax Cuts filibuster, the interdisciplinary artist will follow strict filibustering rules: continual speaking, no bathroom break, no sitting or leaning and no eating or drinking until the 8.5-hour performance is complete.

Drop In Activity also on Friday, June 17: Make your own political button while supplies last. This event is part of the Etsy Craft Party taking place in the neighborhood.
Please let us know if you're coming. Registration is not required but encouraged.

Saturday, June 18, 4-6pm, Thursday, July 7, 6-9pm; Saturday and Sunday during the run of show, 2-6pm: Campaign Office, performance/installation by Jeremy D. Olson
Campaign Office creates new presidential candidates. Visitors are invited to launch their campaign by announcing their candidacy on camera, and will receive the paperwork necessary to be an official candidate for president.

Saturday-Sunday, June 18-19: T.RUMP Bus
The t.Rutt artist team purchased Donald Trump’s actual campaign bus on Craigslist in the fall of 2015. Since being recast by artists Mary Mihelic & David Gleeson as an anti-Trump rolling art project, it has traveled across the United States during the election season, creating a platform for responding to the presumptive GOP nominee’s outrageous statements and behaviors. All the original Trump campaign artwork remains on the bus but it has been artistically altered and transformed into the T.RUMP Bus

We are offering special members-only tours of the T.RUMP Bus. Join today and support Smack Mellon! Become a member by clicking here.

Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 16, 12-6pm: Mapping projects #7 and #8 by Nicholas Fraser
A series of mapping performances will be conducted that examine the absurdities inherent in the media's visualizations of the presidential election process.

Wednesday, July 27, 7pm: Panel Discussion on Propaganda co-presented by Smack Mellon and Hyperallergic
What differentiates propaganda from art? This conversation will probe historic propaganda imagery, its connection to today, and the role it plays in raising social consciousness and awareness for issues often overlooked by governments, institutions, and society. Moderated by Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief and co-founder Hrag Vartanian, in conversation with art historian at NYU Miriam M. Basilio; artist Daniel Bejar, who is part of the Of the people exhibition; and more to be announced soon.  

Miriam M. Basilio is an art historian at NYU who specializes in Spanish Civil War-era propaganda, and she wrote 'Visual Propaganda, Exhibitions, and the Spanish Civil War.’

Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living. He is currently a 2015 fellow in Interdisciplinary Work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, while also participating in the Abrons AIRspace residency program and The Drawing Center’s Open Sessions program

Hrag Vartanian is the editor-in-chief and cofounder of Hyperallergic. He has lectured about contemporary art, performance, postcolonialism, politics, and visual culture at art museums and colleges across the country.

Thursday, July 28, 5:30-8pm: Silkscreen Workshop by Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine
Come to Smack Mellon to make your own political poster copy. The evening includes a screening of the Democratic National Convention when the party’s candidate will be announced.

Sunday, July 31, 3pm: Martha Wilson as Donald Trump – Politics and Performance Art Are One and the Same
Martha Wilson
embodies her trademark “invasions” of other people’s personae.

Immediately following performance: Community practices: Art and Intervention Panel Discussion Select exhibition artists discuss their projects of social and political consequence. Participants include Isabella Cruz-Chong, Brooklyn, New York; Sheryl Oring, Greensboro, North Carolina; and lead artist Kate Sopko, Cleveland, Ohio, who will be joined by a fixer from her project; moderated by Erin Donnelly.

Closing Reception: 4-6pm

The League of Women Voters will conduct voter registration on the following days: Saturday, June 18, 5-8pm and Sunday, July 31, 3-6pm. Smack Mellon staff will also conduct voter registration Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York City Council Member Stephen Levin, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Gilbert Mackay Foundation, Iorio Charitable Foundation, Select Equity Group Foundation, many individuals and Smack Mellon’s Members.

Smack Mellon’s programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and with generous support from The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, Lambent Foundation, The Roy and Niuta Titus Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., The Robert Lehman Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Inc., and Exploring The Arts.

Space for Smack Mellon’s programs is generously provided by the Walentas family and Two Trees Management.

Lauren Frances Adams’s project is made possible with support from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Maryland Institute College of Art. Kate Sopko’s project is brought to you with generous support from SPACES and Art Matters, and with tremendous work from a huge group of collaborators.