Artist Op-Eds

Examining the thinking of artists as citizens and change-makers, this ongoing series of commissioned opinion pieces features provocative reactions to the headlines by contributors including Ron Athey, James Bridle, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Naeem Mohaiemen (with Hans Haacke), PostcommodityAna Tijoux, Dread Scott, Jack Whitten, Gary Simmons, and others. Taking inspiration from artistic and political leafletting throughout history—from Thomas Paine's Common Sense to the Great Bear Pamphlets—each op-ed is also available as a slim print-on-demand publication. In May 2017, we launched the publication of our eleventh op-ed, "2043: No Es Un Sueño" by the indigenous collective Postcommodity, at our first live launch event and artist talk (watch the discussion). I conceived of the series, select and commission artists, work with writers in shaping their texts, edit, publish, and promote each contribution). 

Artist Op-Eds Press/News

Introduced to Walker Art Center audiences through the collective's March 2017 Artist Op-Ed, Postcommodity's art is featured in the new Walker permanent collection exhibition, I am you, you are too, September 7, 2017—October 27, 2019.

Introduced to Postcommodity's art during their March 2017 Artist Op-Ed launch event/artist talk, author Louise Erdrich later agreed to write for Walker Reader about the indigenous collective's contributions to documenta 15, two installations subverting the sonic weaponry used against water protectors at Standing Rock, April 18, 2017.

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is now stocking all op-eds in its bookshop, as well as its satellite shop at the 2017 Chicago Architectural Biennial, as part of its curatorial project, "Make New History."

"The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Campaign," by Gulf Labor Coalition member Naeem Mohaiemen (with photos by Hans Haacke) will be republished in the forthcoming book, Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production (OR Books, 2017). 

"A sober and human account of the ins-and-outs of the artist-led campaign to make Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim project deliver on its commitments to workers rights." Ben Davis, naming Naeem Mohaiemen's Artist Op-Ed one of the nine "Stand-Out Art Essays From 2016," December 27, 2016.

Natascha Sadr Haghighian's essay "A Crossing" was republished, with permission, in the book Social medium: artists writing, 2000–2015 (Triple Canopy, 2016).

"Why rapper Ana Tijoux won't be a sex object for her music," Carolina Miranda, The Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2014

"Everyone is writing op-eds: Taylor Swift, Tyra Banks, a Border Collie. Artists, too, are getting more words out there than ever, thanks to the Walker Art Center; it launched its Artist Op-Eds project today, " Art F City, July 8, 2014

"We congratulate the Walker Art Center for initiating a wonderfully innovative, commissioned artist op-ed series 'examining the thinking of artists as citizens and change-makers,'" Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, July 14, 2014

"How museums learned to stop worrying and love the digital world," Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune, March 8, 2016