Tuesday Smillie: Aesthetic Strategies in Protest
Tuesday Smillie is a visual artist, living and working in New York City. At the core of her work is a question about the individual and the group, the binary of inclusion and exclusion. Her work explores the porous membrane between the two. She has shown throughout New York City at the New Museum, the Rubin Museum, Artist Space Books, and Judson Church. In the summer of 2018, she had a solo exhibition at Participant Inc. in Manhattan and she has a solo exhibition opening at the Rose Art Museum in Massachusetts in September. Smillie was inaugurated as the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art's first resident artist. She is an Art Matters grantee and has attended numerous residencies. Her work has been featured in ArtForum, New York magazine, Art News, and VISION magazine.
Looking at recent aesthetic trends in protest, "Aesthetic Strategies in Protest" considers the ways in which various aesthetic strategies function, conveying distinct meanings to their audience through their form as well as through textual content. Reading protest signage through the lenses of graphic design, an art historical formal analysis, and a social-historical analysis, this talk will discuss basic formal elements, including font and legibility as well as a consideration of the role of visual generosity, performativity, and spectacle.