Artist and Founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School
Molly Crabapple has been described as “a brilliant and principled artist” by BoingBoing, but she has also written for CNN and Vice magazine, on subjects including the Spanish general strike, her former career as a pinup model, and her arrest during Occupy Wall Street. At age 22, she founded Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a chain of alternative drawing classes that now has branches in 140 cities, and has produced events at venues including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Brooklyn Museum.
Crabapple’s books include Discordia (with Laurie Penny), the forthcoming Straw House, and Week in Hell, based on a recent project in which she locked herself in a hotel room, covered the walls in paper, and produced 270 square feet of art. “Shell Game,” her series of large-scale paintings about the revolutions of 2011, will be shown in the Spring of 2013.
Crabapple’s work is in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society, the Rubin Museum of Art, and the Groucho Club (London), and has been shown in exhibitions at venues including New York University, the Riverside Art Museum in Los Angeles, and Cabinet des Curieux in Paris. She was one of the main artistic voices of Occupy Wall Street. Crabapple has also hosted documentaries for France’s ARTE television channel, and she regularly speaks to institutions around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and the London School of Economics.
Community: Molly Crabapple on the Connection between Art and Politics
For too long artists have played the role of observer, disconnected from the political activity of the people around them. Is that all an artist can contribute to society? In this personal talk, Molly Crabapple traces her experiences with the Occupy movement and recent Greek protests, describing the twists and turns that informed her political engagement as a visual artist. By combining politics with art, she shows that the place for art isn't standing to one side of political movements, but marching in the thick of things. She speaks on the direct ways that making art contributes to political movements—by adding the visceral and immediate power of images to the words and ideas that drive political engagement. What's more, she will help you recognize the opportunity to do more, and make a difference.
The Do-It-Yourself Life: What Molly Crabapple has Learned About Creativity, Art, and Living
We live in an era of flux. The old model of a creator or creative type—a person who does one thing well, and depends on institutions for support—is falling by the wayside. The creator of the future is a super-connected trans-disciplinary mutant: engaged and intellectually rebellious. Molly Crabapple has created everything from Occupy Wall Street posters and arts journalism of collapsing countries to murals on the walls of the world’s most exclusive nightclubs. On stage, she delivers an energizing, take-no-prisoners talk on how creators—how everyone—can create a life of their own design, without asking permission.
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