Speaker(s): Ted Riederer, Rhonda Long-Sharp, Daniel S. Palmer, Bruce Helander

Art and Activism


Can political art change the world? History and current examples show that it can. This panel led by artist, writer and critic Bruce Helander and including contemporary gallerist Rhonda Long-Sharp, curator Daniel S. Palmer, who is involved in Public Art Fund's upcoming exhibition with Ai Weiwei, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, and artist Ted Riederer, who is running a socially relevant project at CONTEXT, will discuss how art touches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with simple facts.

This session took place live during the Symposium at Art New York 2017.

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Ted Riederer

Ted Riederer (b. 1970, New York, NY) has armed himself with painting supplies, electric guitars, amplifiers, record players, drum kits, photography equipment, and long-stemmed roses while ambling from the Americas to the Antipodes. His work has been shown internationally, including exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Prospect 1.5, Go and Rosenthal Berlin, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery,...

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Rhonda Long-Sharp

After a successful 20+ year legal career defending men and women on death row in the highest courts of the US, art enthusiast and collector Rhonda Long-Sharp decided to formally pursue her passion for the arts in 2005. Beginning as both an art consultant and modern art broker, Long-Sharp specialized in post-war and contemporary multiples and works on paper. Recognizing the internet’s inherent...

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Daniel S. Palmer

Daniel S. Palmer is currently an Associate Curator at the Public Art Fund where he has curated exhibitions including Liz Glynn’s Open House, and Commercial Break, an exhibition of digital video and photography by 23 artists exhibited on advertising screens in all five boroughs. Previously, as the Leon Levy Assistant Curator at the Jewish Museum, New York, Palmer...

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Bruce Helander

Bruce Helander is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist magazine. His columns on art, values, and investing in art appear regularly in The Huffington Post.

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