off the wall: For Freedoms

1 September - 30 November 2016

Our third annual off the wall exhibition, featuring works from the first ever artist-run super PAC, For Freedoms.

Scheduled over the course of the 2016 presidential election season, works by Zoë Buckman, Paula Crown, Maria Gaspar, Nari Ward, and Carrie Mae Weems will be displayed on public bus benches throughout Wicker Park Bucktown, for this exclusive engagement with a Chicago audience. Concurrently, Dread Scott will exhibit a new video work in our porcelain projects space, and gallery artist Rashid Johnson’s RUN JESSE RUN will be displayed high above the city on a digital billboard during the month of September.


Founded by our 2014 inaugural off the wall artist Hank Willis Thomas and Creative Capital Awardee Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms uses art to inspire deeper political engagement for citizens who want to have a greater impact on the American political landscape. The organization’s intentions are not to sway the public’s interest toward one party or the other, but to encourage new forms of critical discourse surrounding the 2016 presidential election. Their aim is to turn the political process itself into a work of art. “Our medium for this project is American democracy, and our mission is to support the effort to reshape it into a more transparent and representative form.”