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IT STOPS WITH COPS – Baltimore

December 23rd, 2015

Earlier in the week in Baltimore, we had had hired a 17 ft “It Stops With Cops” mobile billboard to go around the courthouse in hopes of convincing Officer Porter to testify all he knew. As the news of the Porter mistrial broke out, throngs of protesters held up “It Stops With Cops” posters and banners as they chanted for justice for Freddie Gray.Freddie Gray Trial, black lives matter

IT STOPS WITH COPS – CHICAGO

December 23rd, 2015

Michael took his “It Stops With Cops” campaign to Chicago on December 10th to protest Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 14 month delay in getting an indictment and releasing the video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald.

D’Antuono Storms Politicon!

October 9th, 2015

Artist Michael D'Antuono and friends at 2015 Politicon

 

Michael was one of a very select group of artists selected to exhibit at the inaugural Politicon, a Comic-Con type event for politics, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 9-10, 2015. This short video shows Michael at the event making new fans out of Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, former presidential candidate, Dennis Kucinich, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, several political pundits, television stars and regular folk at the inaugural Politicon event.

On this video, you’ll see Cenk Uygur, former MSNBC host and co-founder of The Young Turks, Touree of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” Daily Show correspondent, Jordan Klepper, co-host of Newsmax TV’s “The Daily Wrap, Rick Ungar, VEEP’s Mat Walsh and others reacting to D’Antuono’s provocative political paintings. At the convention, Michael met with people in the VIP lounge and signed posters at his booth. Also at Politicon, were Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Ann Coulter, John Avlon, James Carville, David Axelrod, Paul Begala, Joe Klein, Alex Wagner, Doris Kerns Goodwin, Jose Antonio Vargas, Alex Castellanos, John Fugelsang, and Black Lives Matter. People from Slate, News Max, The Daily Beast, Vice News, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Salon, Breitbart and ThinkProgress attended.

Corpocracy Exhibition Opening 10/10/15

August 23rd, 2015

Corpocracy happenings

First conceived by Michael back in 2010, the Corpocracy exhibition will open at the Station museum this Oct. 10th. The exhibition focused on the corporate co-opting of democracy, will feature an international who’s who of activist artists including Michael, Ron English, Clark Fox, Dread Scott, Eugenio MerinoKenneth Tin-Kin HungPackard JenningsSteve LambertMark LombardiYoshua OkónStephanie SyjucoJudi Werthein and the Beehive Design Collective.

Here’s a review by The Huffington Post and one by The Houston Chronicle.

Michael D'Antuono's corporate boardroom at Corpocracy exhibition

Michael D’Antuono’s corporate boardroom at Corpocracy exhibition

Only the Station museum’s famed maverick director, Jim Harrington would be brave enough to host such hard-hitting, anti-corporate exhibit in the  very heart of oil country, Houston, Texas. The show, curated by Alan Schnitzer will run through to the end of the year. The Station Museum of Contemporary Art is a private museum devoted to contemporary art located at 1502 Alabama St, Houston, TX. For more info go to http://www.stationmuseum.com.

Why War? exhibit

June 24th, 2015

 

Why is America mired in a costly, perpetual state of war? Come to D.C. on June 30th for the opening of the art exhibit, "WHY WAR?" and see the unveiling of Michael's painting, Profit & Loss' to find out. The exhibit will take place at D.C.'s favorite gathering place for artists and activists, Busboys & Poets. The opening reception will be held on the 30th between 7-9 p.m. at 5th and K Streets NW. The exhibit runs through to July 11th. This is the painting and the exhibit that is set to launch the new anti-war movement with plans to bring together representatives from the nation's various peace organizations for a possible convention around the closing of of this exhibit hosted by American University.

Why is America mired in a costly, perpetual state of war? Come to D.C. on June 30th for the opening of the art exhibit, “WHY WAR?” and see the unveiling of Michael’s painting, Profit & Loss’ to find out. The exhibit will take place at D.C.’s favorite gathering place for artists and activists, Busboys & Poets. The opening reception will be held on the 30th between 7-9 p.m. at 5th and K Streets NW. The exhibit runs through to July 11th. This is the painting and the exhibit that is set to launch the new anti-war movement with plans to bring together representatives from the nation’s various peace organizations for a possible convention around the closing of of this exhibit hosted by American University.

MANIFEST JUSTICE

April 23rd, 2015
Michael D'Antuono, Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey, Danny Glover, Manifest Justice

Above: Michael D’Antuono at Manifest Justice with Rosario Dawson, Shepard Fairey and Danny Glover

Michael’s “The Talk” was chosen by a panel including John Legend and Russell Simmons to represent institutional racism at the Manifest Justice exhibition in L.A. Manifest Justice presented Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin with a large giclee of “The Talk” following her speech. The event focuses on racial justice, economic justice, police brutality, mass incarceration and more. It runs from May 1-10 in Los Angeles.

Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin's mother) with her giclee of  "The Talk."

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton with her giclee of Michael D’Antuono’s “The Talk.”

Below are links to some of the press about the event:

http://www.alternet.org/culture/radical-culture-new-show-features-art-inspires-people-fight-injustice

http://voicewaves.org/2015/05/at-manifest-justice-exhibit-life-reflects-art/

http://www.la.com/ci_28026328/political-pop-up-art-exhibit-manifest-justice?source=most_viewed

http://www.lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15086&catid=122&Itemid=261