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Body Politic: From Rights to Resistance: Session Two

Cover Image:

A.K. Burns, Living Room, 2017–ongoing (production still). Courtesy the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts. Photo: Lauryn Siegel

In light of a new social and political regime, “Body Politic: From Rights to Resistance” features information sessions with lawyers, activists, and grassroots organizers on issues centered on the bodies under duress. This daylong event will provide information sessions and extensive Q&A open to the public on topics including: civil disobedience, protest, healthcare, policing, prisons, immigration, and environmental contamination. Each session will focus on resource sharing and modes of resistance, and will include presentations followed by discussion with the audience. Participants include staff from Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Session One: 11:30 AM–2 PM
Civil Disobedience, Protest, and Healthcare
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Session Two: 3 PM–6:30 PM
Policing, Prisons, Immigration, and Environmental Contamination
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A.K. Burns is the artist-in-residence through the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Spring R&D Season: BODY. In her exhibition and residency “Shabby but Thriving,” A.K. Burns continues a serial work that draws on theater, science fiction, philosophy, and ecological anxieties. The project is organized around five elements: power (the sun), water, land, void, and body. In “Shabby but Thriving,” commissioned by and premiering at the New Museum, Burns presents the project’s next chapter, a two-channel video staged within an installation that explores the subjugation and agency of various bodies.


This exhibition is made possible with support from the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.

Artist commissions at the New Museum are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

Artist residencies are made possible, in part, by Laurie Wolfert.

Special thanks to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

We gratefully acknowledge the New Museum Council for Artists’ Research and Residencies.

Additional support for Education and Public Engagement programs is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund; and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

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