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50 Artists Step Into the Role of President

Happy Wednesday. ☀️ Today, we review Spike Lee and David Byrne's American Utopia, which debuted this
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Happy Wednesday. ☀️ Today, we review Spike Lee and David Byrne’s American Utopia, which debuted this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. Critic Kambole Campbell says it “genuinely feels like a balm.”
Matt Stromberg looks at the 50 artists who will take turns delivering a Presidential address, a report discovers that only a quarter of public sculptures in the UK are of women, and Brooklyn activists are rallying to save a 40-year-old collective house of artists and organizers.
– Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief

50 Artists Step Into the Role of President
Constance Hockaday’s presidential portrait (photo by Constance Hockaday)
Constance Hockaday’s presidential portrait (photo by Constance Hockaday)
For her new project, Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020, Constance Hockaday invited 50 artists, including Miranda July, Edgar Arceneaux, and Coco Fusco, to deliver a five-minute presidential address.
When describing the project, she asks:
“What does it look like for radical imagination to be put into the office of the presidency? For me, it’s not just about the presidency, but how we perform leadership and power.”
In Other News
About 60 housing activists, elected officials, and community members rallied outside a building in Fort Greene in solidarity with tenants who say they are being pushed out.
A new study found that less than a quarter of public sculptures in the UK honor women. In fact, statues of women in the country just barely outnumber those of men named John.
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