The Francis Effect by Tania Bruguera

 

The Francis Effect by Tania Bruguera

Through October 1, 2014
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Francis Effect is a new public project by Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today exhibition artist Tania Bruguera. Its broad aim is to challenge public perceptions of immigration by responding to recent shifts in world culture.

The artist and her collaborators will be stationed outside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to gather signatures on postcards addressed to Pope Francis. Referring to Vatican City as a place that was “born as a conceptual nation without borders,” these cards request that the Pope grant citizenship to all immigrants as a concrete gesture of support and protection. Members of the public who are unable to visit the museum may also contribute their signatures online at dignityhasnonationality.org.

To complete the project, Bruguera plans to deliver the postcards to the Pope in person. Having gathered nearly eight thousand signatures as of August 1, the artist has established a new goal of twelve thousand signatures.


The Francis Effect

Photo: Enid Alvarez

Schedule

The artist and her collaborators will be stationed outside the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 9:30 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm on Fridays, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, and from 9:30 am to 1 pm and 2 to 8 pm on Saturdays.

While Bruguera's collaborators continue to work toward the revised goal, the artist herself is currently traveling and working on The Francis Effect and other projects internationally. She will return to New York on August 17.

Tania and her collaborators are available to perform The Francis Effect at other locations in New York City on Thursdays. Please contact Tania Bruguera to host this artistic response to immigration and world culture.

Connect

Follow and share this project on Twitter with #FrancisEffect.


The Francis Effect is presented by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. It is produced in collaboration with the exhibition Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and is the culminating project of The Meadows Prize, awarded to Bruguera by the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University.