Exuberant Politics

Exuberant Politics

a celebration of art, activism, and political feeling around the world

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (All day) to Tuesday, April 8, 2014 (All day)

“Exuberant Politics” is an international exhibition exploring how today’s artists address pressing social issues. Emphasizing playful, physical, and deeply felt forms of engagement, the works run the gamut from videos and computer games to prints, sculptures, and paintings, to music and written works.  The show will open in two eastern Iowa locations the first week of March: Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids and the new Public Space One in Iowa City. As part of a year-long series exploring artistic activism, these shows feature artwork that challenge the status quo with socially-engaged videos, computer games, prints, sculptures, paintings, murals and stories. Dozens of performances and screenings, offsite and on, take place throughout March and into April.

The exhibition was curated from nearly 400 entries submitted from every continent except Antarctica. The show invites viewers to celebrate and engage with the many ways artists explore the driving issues of our times. More information and a full schedule of events is available on the project’s website:http://exuberantpolitics.art.uiowa.edu.

Kickoff Events:


Tuesday, March 4

Making the Invisible, Visible: a program of short films curated by University of Iowa students at the Iowa City Public Library, 7-9PM


Thursday, March 6

Legion Arts Exhibition Opening Reception, 5-7 PM
1103 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids


Friday, March 7

Public Space One Exhibition Opening Reception, 6-8 PM
Performance by Esther Baker-Tarpaga, 7 PM
120 N. Dubuque St., Iowa City



Save the Date - Future Events


Friday, March 14
“Protect Our Parks Pass it On,” 7 PM
a performance developed by Jenn Myers and produced by Willie Barbour
Public Space One

Monday and Tuesday, March 24-25
Visiting Artist Laurie Jo Reynolds presents her work
Public lecture, March 24, 7 PM, ABW 116
Screening, March 25, 7 PM, Public Space One

Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30
“Marvelous Guests,” all day
A performance by Nick Tobier
Various locations around Iowa City

Tuesday, April 8
“Wolf,” 7 PM
A performance by Deke Weaver

SeedBroadcast SWAP events will take place throughout eastern Iowa, with confirmed dates March 7, 8, 15, 22 and 30. See website for more information: http://exuberantpolitics.art.uiowa.edu.



Image Credit: Victor Orozco, "Reality 2.0"


Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the School of Art and Art History, 335-1376. Supported by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Perry A. and Helen Judy Bond Fund for Interdisciplinary Interaction, the Studio for Digital Public Arts and Humanities, the School of Art and Art History, Department of Theater, the Obermann Center, and the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry.