Bernie Sanders-Themed Art Show Featuring Shepard Fairey Is Coming to Boston
Update: February 19, 10:20 a.m.
The Artists for Humanity Epicenter, located at 100 W. 2nd Street near the Broadway T stop, will host an opening reception Friday from 7 to 10 p.m, with music by DJ Kon, Riobamba, Tigerman Whoa, Big Bear, and Yvng Pavl. The exhibit will remain through the weekend, open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
A Bernie Sanders-themed art show is coming to Boston.
The exhibition, “The Art of a Political Revolution: Artists for Bernie Sanders 2016,” features work by more than 100 artists, including Shepard Fairey, whose iconic “HOPE” poster helped President Barack Obama to victory in 2008 and launched a near-infintessimal number of poorly done, pixelated knockoffs. (The original now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.)
“America is standing out for all the wrong reasons today, like violence, racial and gender injustices, political and corporate corruption, debt-inducing education, and unprogressive health-care systems,” co-creator Nathan Bell, whose piece “Make America Relate Again” is featured in the show, told VICE’s i-D. “Our leaders cannot be trusted, choosing to make decisions fueled by ignorance, money, or hatred. We need leaders like Bernie Sanders who have a history of compassion.”
“The Art of a Political Revolution” opened at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery in Los Angeles this past weekend. From there, it will travel to Austin, Boston, and New York, with future dates and venues to be announced. There’s even what appears to be a Bernie Sanders Muppet.
Fairey endorsed Sanders on New Year’s Eve, in a post on his website titled “Bernie Sanders Has a Posse,” referring to the Andre the Giant viral sticker campaign that first garnered the artist attention.
“I’m supporting Bernie Sanders for President because I think that he’s the candidate most likely to work for the needs of normal people, not the wealthy and powerful,” Fairey wrote. “He believes in campaign finance reform and is practicing what he preaches by not accepting corporate donations or creating Super PACs.”
The Sanders campaign is working in conjunction with the show. Limited edition prints will be sold online, with all proceeds benefiting Bernie Sanders 2016.