Our mission is to use art to encourage new forms of critical discourse surrounding the upcoming 2016 American presidential election, raise awareness about the impact of money on our political system, and comment on timely sociopolitical issues.
Throughout the 2016 American presidential election, we will use the super PAC apparatus to empower artists to create art that comments on timely political issues. From June 7 - July 29, 2016, the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City will host the For Freedoms super PAC headquarters, alongside a curated exhibition featuring artists Carrie May Weems, Alec Soth, Jim Goldberg, and Mny others. For Freedoms will transform these artworks into high-impact advertisements in the form of print and digital media, billboards, yard signs, and radio and TV spots.
Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms from 1941, our super PAC aims to subvert a “Rockwellian” nostalgia for a “simpler” America while co-opting a visual language that is accessible to a wide audience of viewers. As part of a long history of artists addressing the political institutions of the societies in which they work, the work included will support candidates from both parties who promote a real exchange of ideas, who promote all voices and who approach politics as a form of civic service. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms are:
1. Freedom of speech
2. Freedom of worship
3. Freedom from want
4. Freedom from fear