SXSW 2024

The Future of Art and Activism


The Menil Collection’s Senior Curator Michelle White moderates a panel with three internationally renowned artists to discuss how the current political and social climate is reshaping their work. Invited artists could include Allora & Calzadilla, Mel Chin, Jamal Cyrus, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, Glenn Ligon, Kara Walker, and Nari Ward, who are represented in the museum’s collection and whose work addresses democracy, social justice, and environmental fragility.

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  1. Mel Chin addresses state violence and the precariousness of democracy in "Our Strange Flower of Democracy," 2005.
  2. In "Say Can You See," 2021, Nari Ward attached 6,000 plastic security tags to an American flag to prompt questions about nationalism and consumerism.
  3. Based in Puerto Rico, Allora & Calzadilla explore themes of colonization, the politics of energy, and ecosystems in works like "Graft," 2019.



Sarah Hobson, Associate Director Of Marketing & Communications, The Menil Collection

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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