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St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty during influenza epidemic (1918). Original from Library of Congress. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

St. Louis Red Cross Motor Corps on duty during influenza epidemic (1918). Original from Library of Congress. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus

An Evolving Online Exhibition - lifeduringwartimeexhibition.org
June 6 - December 12, 2020

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Life During Wartime is the USF Contemporary Art Museum’s first major virtual exhibition. It humbly engages a select company of international artists to respond to the overwhelming realities of the crisis that has gripped the planet since March 5, the date the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The exhibition takes full advantage of one of the few outlets artists still have—the Internet—during a public health emergency recently exacerbated by the wanton murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis. It aims to mobilize sentiment, thought and activity around art and its enduring possibilities: its role as a conceptual catalyst, its ability to trigger ideas, stories, conversations, emotions, feelings and mental states. Separately and together, each artist contribution provides a picture of a planet in crisis, now further enraged and victimized by violence, but also images of hope and optimism in the face of a global emergency. The exhibition will continue to evolve with the addition of new artists and materials. Life During Wartime: Art in the Age of Coronavirus is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Participating Artists Include: Marcos Agudelo, Diana Al-Hadid, Atelier Van Lieshout, Alberto Borea, Sebastiaan Bremer, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Seth Cameron, Samantha Casolari, Rebecca Chamberlain, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Patricia Cronin, Godfried Donkor, Dysturb, Inka Essenhigh, Maureen Gallace, Zhao Gang, Rico Gatson, Mark Thomas Gibson, Patrick Hamilton, Ellen Harvey, Yishai Jusidman, Deborah Kass, Basil Kincaid, Glenda León, Matvey Levenstein, Kalup Linzy, Hew Locke, Cristina Lucas, Narsiso Martinez, Eva and Franco Mattes, Richard Mosse, Angel Otero, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Edison Peñafiel, Dagoberto Rodríguez, Anastasia Samoylova, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Guy Richards Smit, Kiki Smith, Bosco Sodi, Tavares Strachan, Superflex, Sarah Sze, Jorge Tacla, Tony Tasset, Newsha Tavakolian, Janaina Tschäpe, Spencer Tunick, Rodrigo Valenzuela, William Villalongo, Kennedy Yanko, Lisa Yuskavage.

 Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, and organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

ONLINE OPENING CELEBRATION // Saturday, June 6, 1-3pm EDT
Featuring participating artists Basil Kincaid, Cristina Lucas, Narsiso Martinez and Spencer Tunick, and curator Christian Viveros-Fauné

Join online at https://zoom.us/j/93435970625/ or from the exhibition website at https://lifeduringwartimeexhibition.org/ (Exhibition website opens 10am EDT) 

The opening celebration will be held virtually via Zoom on June 6 from 1-3pm EDT and will feature an artist/curator talk, a virtual walk-through of the exhibition and a public Q+A. Additional artist talks and events will be announced along the run of the exhibition, as artist contributions are unveiled.


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