Gathering Thoughts: A People’s Art History

March 19, 2015

In conjunction with exhibition Gathering Autonomy: Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, co-op member Nicolas Lampert will discuss his book A People’s Art History of the United States:250 Years of Activist Art and Artists Working in Social Justice Movements.

Held in collaboration with: PNCA’s MFA in Visual Studies

Nicolas Lampert is an interdisciplinary artist and author based out of Milwaukee and Chicago. Primarily, he is best known for his collage art – the “machine-animal” series, the “meatscape” series and numerous images that address political and environmental issues.

Over the past 15 years, his collages have been presented in various formats including digital prints (from framed images to fourteen-foot tall images), 16mm animated films, outdoor murals, stencils, silk screens, posters, and gallery installations.

His art work has been included in the museum shows “Becoming Animal” at the MASS MoCA (North Adams, Massachusetts), The Idea of the Animal at the RMIT Gallery in association with the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Melbourne, Australia), and the Maltwood Art Museum (Victoria, BC) and is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (Los Angeles.)

Collectively, he works with Just Seeds/Visual Resistance Artist Cooperative, the Street Art Workers and the Cut and Paint ‘zine project.

As an author, he was a co-editor for Peace Signs: the Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Gustavo Gili / Edition Olms 2004). Other writings include “Recent Struggles at Haymarket: An Embattled History of Static Monuments and Public Interventions” that was included in Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority (edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland, AK Press, 2007). Currently, he is working on an extensive book for the New Press that focuses on radical art history in the US.

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