Resistance Training

Ana Teresa Fernandez,  Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera) , 2012. Video. 3 minutes 38 seconds. Edition 2/5. Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris.

Ana Teresa Fernandez, Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera), 2012. Video. 3 minutes 38 seconds. Edition 2/5. Courtesy Gallery Wendi Norris.


Exhibition and events offer a bolstering sense of community in the midst of a tumultuous political era.

On the eve of the inauguration, and into the first days of a new regime, Resistance Training, a presentation of recent a new artwork and activism, provides a needed opportunity to gather aesthetic and artist community forces and brace for what comes next. Organized by curator Glen Helfand, the exhibition focuses on aesthetic gestures that offer models of resistance to negative shifts and ideas for action, be they poetic, ideological, or forceful protest. The location on the Mills College campus offers the opportunity to create a space for gathering that draws upon intellectual resources and dialogs.

In the realm of fitness, the term resistance training refers to exercising muscles using an opposing force. The official transition of power to a game changing new U.S. president, which occurs on January 20, is a large, heavyweight force to oppose with the purpose of becoming stronger. Various communities, artists and activists, are banding together in dialogue and creative action to engage strategies for survival in what promises to be a challenging period.

The exhibition will include artworks, actions, and demos of strategies for survival. Artists include Luke Butler, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Sarah Hotchkiss, Omar Mismar, Melissa Wyman, Rachel Weidinger, Andrea Bowers, Alex Molinari, and others. Resistance Training also will include Post Fax, a faxing campaign targeting office workers, interns, and others with pertinent messages sent through a form more tactile, and perhaps urgent, than social media; and be an affiliated venue for 100 Days, an artist-organized calendar featuring one daily artistic response to Trump’s first 100 days in office. 


Not My Precedent: Reading and Panel
Danforth Lecture Hall
February 2nd, 7-8 PM

In 2016, Trump campaigners asserted that the mass internment of Japanese Americans during World War II was a precedent for the proposed ban and registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Not My Precedent is a reading and conversation about the acute realities, complexities, and ramifications of Japanese Internment Camps. Featuring National Book Award finalist Karen Tei Yamashita, Guggenheim fellow and playwright Philip Kan Gotanda, and AAWAA co-founder and artist Betty Kano. Moderated by Vivian Fumiko Chin, Chair, Ethnic Studies Dept at Mills College.

This panel is presented by 100 Days Action. 

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Collaborative Combative Drawing Workshop
Art Room 115A
February 4th, 1-3PM

One large piece of paper, one central goal, two artists, power ideas at the ready, drawing tools cocked and loaded, and the understanding that collaboration is messy… Whether negotiating personal or professional relationships or simply coexisting, everyone comes to the table with their own ideas. Sometimes those ideas fuse, sometimes they clash; often they do both. The harmonious side of human nature seeks a common ground, knowing there will disputed objectives before a new perspective can be adopted. Collaborative Combative Drawing utilizes the energy created by the inherent pushing and pulling in human relationships as a method of (art) production.

The Collaborative Combative Drawing Workshop expands on Melissa Wyman's piece "Negotiation Table."

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January 18 - February 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 18, 6-8 pm

Free and open to the public. 

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