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MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal, 2018

Curated by Ciara Ennis and Jennifer Vanderpool
Pitzer College Art Galleries
January 20–March 29, 2018


This exhibition was partially funded by a National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works Grant

I co-curated MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal with Ciara Ennis, Director and Curator of Pitzer Art Galleries. The main gallery was comprised of contemporary artist manifestos questioning the current state of our global society. These works were integrated with pieces created during art outreach workshops which took place at First Street Gallery Art Center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation in Claremont that empowers people with disabilities through innovative art programs, Inmates’ Art Programs at California Institution for Women in Corona, and California Rehabilitation Center: Norco’s Men’s Prison Educational Programs. The project space included a survey of historic manifestos selected from the holdings of Pitzer College.

Press Release

The people have spoken. They have put it in writing. They have created manifestos.

Pitzer College Art Galleries has collected these works and put them on display in Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal, an exhibition of the ideas, wishes and demands of scores of citizens with something to say and a need to be heard. It is our current climate of discord that created Manifesto: A Moderate Proposal. It was conceived to give these citizens a soapbox and to amplify their voices.

These voices are many. These voices belong to inmates at sun-baked correctional facilities in Southern California and to cloistered scholars at elite colleges. These voices express the ideas of professional writers, self-taught artists and developmentally disabled students. Their broad variety of concerns were harvested by a team of varied volunteers—Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Việt Lê, Ultra Red, Carlin Wing and Jenny Yurshansky—who collected manifestos that are printed on paper, painted on canvas, formed in neon, shot on video and carved in wood. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal is a multitude of opinions hung densely, floor-to-ceiling, in sections that reflect the numerous themes that include immigration, ableism, race, resistance, religion and gentrification.

MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal opens on January 20, 2018, and runs through March 29, 2018, at the Pitzer College Art Galleries in Claremont, CA. Pitzer College is one of the highly ranked and nationally admired Claremont Colleges that share contiguous campuses in eastern Los Angeles County. A symposium discussing many of the issues raised by the exhibition will take place on March 23, 2018.

Funded by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal was conceived as an outlet for ideas and proposals for the healing of discord in our society and improvement of conditions for all citizens. With the public sphere embroiled in a seemingly intractable contest of us-versus-them so virulent that it has filtered down to a neighbor-vs-neighbor antagonism, it is essential that we reexamine just who we are and what we stand for. MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal has joined the conversation.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional support is provided by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe; Swedish Arts Grants Committee; the Arts-In-Corrections program, William James Association; Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library; and Pitzer College’s Teaching and Learning Committee and Frederick J. Salathé Fund for Music and the Cultural Arts/Campus Life Committee.

Alexandra Juhasz & Craig Dietrich
Alice Könitz
Alice Marie Perreault
Alice Wingwall
Alison O’Daniel
Amy Elkins
Andrea Bowers
Andrew Bracey
Anne Bray
Anthony Bodlović
April Bey
Arseli Dokumaci
Astri Swendsrud
Ava Morton
Bill Anthes
Byron Toledo
Candice Lin
Carlin Wing
Carlos Jackson
Carrie Paterson
Catherine Long
Cathy Akers
Charlotte Sherman
Chris Christian
Chris Michno
Christina Ondrus
Connie Samaras
Dana Sperry and Natalya Pinchuk
Danielle Adair
David Michael Lee
Doran George
Edgar Endress
Edgar Heap of Birds
Edgar Arceneaux
Elena Bajo
Elana Mann & John Burtle
Faith Wilding
Faye Ray
Fiona Jack
First Street Gallery Art Center: Patrick Dwyre, Evan Hynes, Katie Mendoza and Joe Zaldivar
Francesca Lalanne
Glenn Harcourt
Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya)
Ginger Wolfe-Suarez
Helén Svensson
Ian Ingram
Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Ingrid Von Sydow
Jane Callister
Jennifer Moon
Jennifer Moon & Laub
Jen Smith
Jenny Perlin
Jenny Yurshansky
Jesse Lerner
Jessica McCoy
Jessica Wimbley
Joe Parker
Johanna Karlin
Josh Callaghan
Joyce Campbell
Juan Siliverio
Julia Haft Candell
Juliet Johnson
Justin Arroyo
Kang Seung Lee
Karen Lofgren
kate-hers RHEE (이미래)
Kaucyila Brooke
Kotti & Co, Berlin
Liat Yossifor
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Lisa Jevbratt
Liz Glynn
Liz Young
Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia
Luis Zepeda
Mary Clare Stevens
Matt Ohm
Martabel Wasserman
Max King Cap
Michael Parker
Michelle Dizon
Michelle Wiener
Mike Bode
Nancy Baker Cahill
Nuttaphol Ma
Olga Koumoundouros
Peter Su
Racial Imaginary
Robin Lehleitner and Ann Whittaker
Sadie Barnette
Sandra de la Loza & Eduardo Molinari
Sara Hendren & Caitrin Lynch
Sarita Dougherty
Seher Uysal
Seth Pringle
Sheila Pinkel
Southwark Notes, London
Stephanie Syjuco
Suné Woods
Tyler Stallings and Naida Osline
The artists from California Institution for Women, Chino
The artists from California Rehabilitation Center, Norco
The Rational Dress Society
Theo Tegelaers
Timothy Berg & Rebekah Myers
Tom Skelly, artist with Art-In-Correction, William James Association
Tony Crowley
Ultra Red & School of Echoes, Los Angeles
Vermont College of Fine Arts | VCFA: Felipe Baeza, Hazel Batrezchavez, Julian Harper, Luis Mejico, pegah pasalar, Ythan Ponio, Zahra Zavareh and XIAOQING ZHU
Victoria Marks
Việt Lê
Von Curtis
Warren Neidich
Weshoyot Alvitre
Women’s Center for Creative Work