Conceived by visual artist Constance Hockaday, Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020 is sharing a weekly Friday transmission to the nation alongside the presidential election. Listen to the podcast and visit the virtual gallery at artistsinpresidents.com.
Artists, writers, performers and musicians from a wide range of cultural realities were invited to assume an authority over our collective future and to define what we could become together as a nation. Each artist created a “State of the Union Redress” that describes their vision with dramaturgical advice from retired presidential speech writers.
Inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Depression-era Fireside Chats, the project seeks to recast the office of the president as a multivocal entourage. It is not calling for a Fireside Chat re-do, but rather an acknowledgement that many of the national narratives of liberation have erased Indigenous voices and the voices of people that make up the majority of this country — Black, LGBTQIA, people of color, persons with disabilities, and women. The time for an update is overdue.
To learn more about this project, click here to read an in-depth interview with Constance Hockaday or listen to “The Welcome Episode” above.
Commissioned by UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance in association with Stanford Live, with funds provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional project support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and TED.