Who We Are and What We Do
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy is a Minneapolis-based art collective that uses innovative curatorial practices and gallery spaces to help break down the digital divides that have made it harder for everyone to decide what is true and who can be trusted. The IAA prides itself on producing and promoting academically peer-reviewed “aesthetic education” exhibits that can also be curated to provide supplemental materials for social activism or legal action. We are especially interested in using gallery spaces as a means of navigating scientific and technological controversies during a time of rampant institutional distrust.
IAA Arts Advocacy: Curatorial Initiatives and Aesthetic Innovations
The IAA’s “meta” curatorial strategy (particularly post-COVID) is to catalyze cross-cultural community engagement via exhibit interactivity and placement. In addition to our coalition of sculptors and rhetoricians, the IAA strategically designs and curates its participation to “aesthetically enact” a particular bio-medical or ethical experience (these are then curated for public consumption by gallery patrons, educators, lawmakers, advocates, and citizens).
The IAA has exhibited and peer-reviewed in the following galleries and forums:
Algorithmic Racial Justice: “Digital Rights Are Civil Rights”
In partnership with ACLU MN, Stanford’s Race and Technology Fellows, Councilman Steve Fletcher, and the IDH, we presented an international arts exhibition (with Little Earth) to the Minneapolis and international arts communities.
Cross-Cultural Public Health Dialogue: CICA Museum, Rhetorical Society of America (2018 and 2020), Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium; Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, NE Sculpture| Gallery, Zverver Center of Contemporary Art, and Wheaton College. / “Contaminated 1” (Juried)
Intangible made accessible with art-centric engagement
Advocacy through empowerment
Attainment with public awareness
Initiate opportunities for communities and our partners
Act with our partners, sharing tools and methods proven to address technological division and disenfranchisement
Achieve meaningful change through science, research, public awareness, and art