UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Constance Hockaday’s Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020 from Tuesday, September 14, through Friday, November 13, 2020 over radio, podcast and social media. This project is one of this season’s micro-commissions and serves as an example of CAP UCLA’s institutional commitment to artists, especially during this season of financial uncertainty. While Artists-In-Presidents will be free to enjoy, CAP UCLA is asking members of the community to support if able.

Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020 is a creative project directed by visual artist Constance Hockaday that recasts the presidency with a multi-vocal entourage. Hockaday has invited fifty artists to assume authority over a collective future. Alongside the 2020 presidential campaign, artists, including CAP UCLA fellow Ann Hamilton, critically-acclaimed playwright Daniel Alexander Jones, United States Artists President and CEO Deana Haggag, filmmaker and writer Miranda July and CAP UCLA alum Toshi Reagon, will write and deliver national addresses.

Hockaday and the invited artists are not calling for a fireside chat re-do, but rather an acknowledgement that many of the national narratives of liberation have erased Indigenous voices and the voices of people that make up the majority of this country— Black, LGBTQIA, people of color, persons with disabilities, and women. The time for an update is overdue.

Inspired by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Depression-era fireside chats, Artists-In-Presidents draws many parallels between today’s America of crippling social and economic fallout of a global pandemic and the upheavals of the Great Depression. The world has arrived at a moment of crisis and possibility once again and the assembled artists are acutely apt to address it.

Artist In Presidents is produced in partnership with UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance and also with support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation and TED.

CLICK HERE to read an in depth interview.

What: Artists-In-Presidents: Fireside Chats for 2020
Where: Online, radio, podcast and social media
When: September 14 – November 13, 2020