Majority Rules! is a two-part exhibition at Free Gallery that offers an innovative curatorial strategy: the audience decides what gets shown in the gallery. The first exhibition features a slide show of over 350 artworks by artists from 26 countries, gathered through an open call for submissions. After viewing the slides, gallery visitors are invited to vote by secret ballot for their top five works.
The slide show will also be available online so visitors can cast their votes via email. Once all of the votes are tallied, the most popular works will be exhibited at a second exhibition at Free Gallery in October 2002. Instead of the outcome of one curators voice, this exhibition will be the product of an entire global audiences collective opinion. This is democratic curating by the people, for the people.
The first show in this two-part exhibition features artists from every inhabited continent.
Works can be seen from twenty-six countries, including from all over Europe and North America plus Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, India, Israel and South Africa. Within the United States alone, thirty-two states are represented, from New York to California and Nebraska to Hawaii.
Due to the openness of the submission procedure, featured works run the gamut of subject, content, style, and medium: video, performance, printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, and photography are all represented in these slides.
To view all of these artists work together for this brief time is a unique opportunity for vistors to the Free Gallery or the
Dont forget to VOTE at the Free Gallery or online at
Lobbying is allowed. Ballot stuffing is not.
Exhibitions at the Free Gallery are curated on a rotating basis by a group
of curators who are given creative freedom and who encourage feedback
about their respective projects. Majority Rules! was devised by Tara McDowell and
Letha Wilson, a collaborative team that takes an experimental approach to new methods
of curating. Their most recent project, (Your Show Here), was on view at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
(MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, this past spring and their
previous project, Curatorial Proposal, was shown at Artists Space in New York
City in 2000.