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Politics, Art, and Free Expression

Friday, September 22, 2023 at 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art - Cornell University, Wing Lecture Room, Floor 2L 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

Artistic freedom is a fundamental democratic right.

Creative expression, from poetry to street art, theater, and literature, is often at the vanguard of political resistance and change, and so artists are some of the first to be silenced. In this panel, speakers discuss their own experiences as artists in authoritarian contexts where their ability to produce art was violently suppressed.

These artists have all found haven at Cornell. Their art speaks to the trauma of authoritarianism and the hope for change.


The event is sponsored by the Johnson Museum and Global Cornell as part of the university’s theme this year on The Indispensable Condition: Freedom of Expression at Cornell. The event will be held in person and livestreamed.

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