Magazine article Sculpture

Victoria and Albert Museum

Magazine article Sculpture

Victoria and Albert Museum

Article excerpt

London

Disobedient Objects

Through February l, 2015

Can art play a significant role in protest strategies? From the Suf- fragettes to The Yes Men, many politically engaged artists would say yes; most critics, however, would use another word to describe the visual "props" associated with activist efforts. And yet, many of these objects succeed both creatively and practically, becoming instantly recognizable symbols of resistance and solidarity that speak louder than any rhetorical flourish: Act Up's pink triangle, the masks of the Guer- rilla Girls, and the anti-war puppets of Bread and Puppet Theater, to name a few, all managed to lodge themselves-and their causes-in the public consciousness. "Disobedi- ent Objects," the first exhibition to examine the power of objects as tools of social change, makes a strong case for how political activism can drive the kind of ingenious, and col- lective, creativity that defies stan- dard definitions of art. Focusing on the period from the late '70s to the present, a time of rapidly changing technologies and political chal- lenges, it brings together various arts of rebellion from around the world: from dollar bills "defaced" with info-graphics about U. …

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