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Weekly Watchlist: Ten Films Capture Examinations of Free Expression

Ten films capture examinations of free expression

Breaking free from expectations, artists abstract traditional definitions of gender and sexuality to provide visibility to LGBTQ communities and liberated perspectives underrepresented in the mainstream.

The artists in our Pride Unveiled playlist examine identity through individual and community participation, challenging audiences and participants to exercise free expression by putting forth their own personal experiences.

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Assume vivid astro focus enables audiences to be free

Assume vivid astro focus (avaf) fuses drawing, sculpture, video, and performance into carnavalesque installations in which gender, politics, and cultural codes float freely. Personal expression features prominently in projects simultaneously rooted in the politics of free speech, civil rights, and the dissolution of rigid classifications of class, gender, and national identity.

“Gay politics, human right politics, whatever, it all is about being free,” says avaf’s Eli Sudbrack.

“Go after things in your life that bring you pleasure.”

Upcoming workshop for educators

Join us on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET, for the latest installment of our new five-part professional development series exploring how artists use the five senses in their practice.

For “Taste Makers,” savor the flavor of contemporary art. Learn how artists engage the gustatory system to question complicated societal issues like urban development, global warming, and consumption habits.

The program is free and will take place via Zoom.

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Visit our education calendar for a list of upcoming workshops for educators.

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