Tow with the Flow
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
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ART 2030 New York
New York City
ART 2030 New York is a platform uniting the contemporary art world in support of the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals, coinciding with the annual sessions of the United Nations' General Assembly.
In its inagural program in September 2018, ART 2030 New York brought together some of the most important and diverse voices in visual art to participate in urgent discussions on how best to create and contribute to a shared and sustainable future. In collaboration with ART 2030, partnering galleries and arts organizations participated by hosting after-hours openings, panel discussions and special events.
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"Art can be a powerful agent for change. 303 Gallery is proud to partner with ART 2030 in support of a shared vision of a more sustainable future,” Lisa Spellman, Founder and Director, 303 Gallery
For the first edition of ART 2030 New York, leading Chelsea art galleries united to welcome UN delegates, the art community, and the public to extended public hours during the week of the United Nations’ General Debate, to foster discussion, engagement and advocacy towards the Global Goals through art.
Connecting exhibitions, artists’ oeuvres and each gallery’s own values, after-hours viewings offered a chance for audiences to experience art though the lens of the Global Goals.
303 Gallery, Cheim & Read, David Zwirner, Gagosian, Galerie Lelong & Co., Gladstone Gallery, Hauser & Wirth, James Cohan Gallery, Lisson Gallery, Luhring Augustine, Metro Pictures, Pace Gallery, Petzel, and Tina Kim Gallery.
The first gallery event of ART 2030 New York, hosted by Gagosian with Bottletop, focused on the topic of Equality, with specific attention to Global Goal 5, Gender Equality. How is it that this seminal issue is still a divisive topic in 2018? And how can both individual and collective action, through creative means, work to resolve some of the broader issue’s many related biases?
The Panel was moderated by Johanna Burton (Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum), and joined by Mary Weatherford (Artist), Ulla Tørnæs (Danish Minister for Development Cooperation), and Cameron Saul (Founder of Bottletop and #TOGETHERBAND).
On the United Nations’ Global Day of Action, together with our partners, friends and supporters, we gathered to celebrate our pledges, actions, and shared values in uniting to secure a brighter and better future.
Hosted by Lisson Gallery, and joined by Jeannie Freilich (Director, Lisson Gallery), Itai Madamombe (Senior Advisor on SDG Innovation, and former Head of Stakeholder Engagement for the 2030 Agenda, United Nations) and Martin Bille Hermann (State Secretary for Development Policy, Denmark), we honored and recognized the ART 2030 Network of supporters and partners for their trust and efforts in the mission.
“The Global Goals address important issues that we all as citizens should be aware and take ownership of. I believe that art can be used as a tool to expand people’s minds and reflections. And I believe that everyone should have access to art,” Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Artist
A unique version of the performance Tow with the Flow (2018) by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is commissioned specifically for this year’s program.
Working closely with local students from New Design High School as co-creators of this New York rendition, the performance features custom-made uniforms created by sustainable Scandinavian design studio sur le chemin inspired by the colors of the 17 Global Goals. Through performative acts such as collecting, sharing and dressing, the artwork draws attention to the business of fashion and its culture of mass consumption.
Hosted by Pace Gallery, this highlight event in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans brought together artists for a conversation focused on the interlinked issues of Ocean Welfare, Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, and Ecological Crisis, touching upon Global Goals 7, 13, 14 and 15. With a focus on the artist’s role, this offered audiences an evening to discuss and understand how artists continually explore the urgent issues of our natural world.
Hosted and led by David Zwirner Gallery, this special walkthrough of Wolfgang Tillmans’ exhibition How likely is it that only I am right in this matter? took a look at the artist’s work through the lens of the Global Goals - in particular Goals 10 and 16 - while shining light onto the artist’s own passion for issues of Social Justice, Equality and Inclusivity.
Hauser & Wirth presented a special focus on how artist Mark Bradford’s nonprofit Art + Practice has supported the needs of foster youth living in South Los Angeles and provided the community of Leimert Park with access to free museum-curated contemporary art.
The presentation highlighted Art + Practice’s background and approach to collaborating with museum institutions and foster youth social service providers as a catalyst for long-term positive change relating to Global Goals 4 and 11 in South Los Angeles.
Presented by Sophia Belsheim, Deputy Director, Art + Practice.
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