SVA Art Practice present The Artist as Activist, a panel discussion with Ben Davis, William Powhida, Shaun Leonardo and Daniel Tucker.
Ben Davis is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class. He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and was formerly executive editor of Artinfo.com. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, New York, The New York Times, Slate.com, The Village Voice, and many other venues.
William Powhida is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work critiques the contemporary art world. He is also a founding mem-ber of Placeholder, a group working towards establishing long-term, rent stabilized studios in New York. Currently he is represented in New York by Postmasters Gallery, in Seattle by Platform Gallery, in Los Angeles by Charlie James Gallery, and in Copenhagen by Gallery Poulsen. His work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art.
Shaun Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He uses modes of self-portraiture as a means to convey the complexities of masculine identity and question preconceived notions of manhood. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and 8th Floor Gallery. Leonardo’s current collaborative work Mirror / Echo / Tilt is funded by Creative Capital.
Daniel Tucker works as an artist, writer and organizer developing documentaries, publications, exhibitions and events inspired by his interest in social movements and the people and places from which they emerge. His writings and lectures on the intersections of art and politics and his collaborative art projects have been published and presented widely.