The Art of Activism: Histories of Art strikes


Bread and Puppet theatre piece on Fifth Avenue, New York. Part of the Angry Arts Week, 1967


'In the meantime, Occupy Everything and see what happens.' – Lucy Lippard (2013)


In 1967, artists in New York organised an anti-war effort that protested against the American War in Vietnam. Held in various venues around the city on 26th January to 5th February, the Angry Arts week included public happenings showing artists’ dissent of war in various venues through the mediums of performance, film, dance, painting, posters and flyers. Today, fifty years later, artists (some of whom took part in the first organised anti-war efforts) have proposed a general strike, called the J20 Art Strike, to close artistic practice, schools and businesses on