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A New Voting Initiative Will Channel the Power of Art, a Femicide Protest in Mexico City

We’re 49 days away from the US Presidential election and people are as anxious as ever. Thankfully so
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We’re 49 days away from the US Presidential election and people are as anxious as ever. Thankfully some artists are working to get out the vote with planyourvote.org. Check it out.
Reporter Valentina Di Liscia also researched the voting records of Democratic hopefuls Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to discover what their past positions on cultural funding and support has been.
If you want to read about one hardcore, kickass protest today, then can I suggest our report from Mexico City, where protesters occupied a governmental building, painted over the portraits of all-male historical figures, and then auctions them off for a women’s shelter.
– Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief

Plan Your Vote
Kambui Olujimi’s artwork for “Plan Your Vote” (image courtesy of the artists and Plan Your Vote)
Kambui Olujimi’s artwork for “Plan Your Vote” (image courtesy of the artists and Plan Your Vote)
A new, nonpartisan initiative launched by the nonprofit Vote.org seeks to channel the power of art to encourage voter participation. A digital library of voting advocacy visuals, based on original works created by more than 60 contemporary artists, are free for anyone to download and circulate.
We looked at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s track records in the cultural sector, from their legislative achievements to museum affiliations and personal support of the arts.
In Other News
UArts in Philadelphia declined to voluntarily recognize the faculty union announced on Labor Day.
The Met hired Patricia Marroquin Norby, who is Purépecha, as its first full-time curator of Native American art.
Portraits of all-male historical figures were adorned with lipstick, eyeshadow, purple curls, “ACAB,” anarchy symbols, and flowers. (photo by Andrea Murcia, @usagii_ko on Instagram)
Portraits of all-male historical figures were adorned with lipstick, eyeshadow, purple curls, “ACAB,” anarchy symbols, and flowers. (photo by Andrea Murcia, @usagii_ko on Instagram)
In Mexico City, artists protesting femicide painted over portraits of all-male historical figures hanging in the National Human Rights Commission.
The Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse will sell Jackson Pollock’s 1946 painting “Red Composition” to benefit underrepresented artists.
Cleveland-based artist Stephen Manka has launched a Kickstarter campaign in the hopes of taking his portrait of President Trump on a national tour. The portrait is made entirely out of vintage metal dildos.
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