An interesting piece in the exhibition is Illegal America, curated by Exit Art in 1982. It was the first exhibition organized the group known as Exit Art which included Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo. It was a compilation of acts of resistance and provocation, and many of the artists anticipate controversy and arrest as a conceptual aspect of the work.
According to Colo, a conflict is required for not just legitimizing an illegal work, but for creating the essential element of risk. Moreover, inverting a more common attempt by artists to produce overtly political artworks that operate in the real, these projects posit an “intention of the poetic to transform reality into a symbol,” proving that the law, like art, is “also an abstraction.”
There will be talk on Wednesday June 13th at 6:30 with Sergio Munoz Sarimento Esq. on the Visual Artists Rights Act in conjunction with the exhibition Cancelled: Alternative Manifestations and Productive Failures.