10 × 13 × 1 in
The British Library
University of Southern California (USC)
Exhibition Catalog, Folio of ephemera containing three zines, Free University documents, posters, flyers, and course catalogues printed by Risograph. 12 1/2 x 9 inches
Coinciding with the exhibition:
“Free Education! The Free University of New York, Alternate U, and Learning Liberation” at Interference Archive, October 11, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Curated by Jakob Jakobsen and Interference Archive
Rooted in an examination of the history of the Free University of New York (FUNY), this event series reflects on the following questions: What is a university? What does the university have that we want? What does the university have that we don’t want? How would a university look if we could build one from scratch?
By combining archival documents from FUNY and related projects, including Alternate U and the Freedom Schools movement, this exhibit explores what a communal space means within the intersections of art and politics, and how we generate history through our work in these spaces.
Currently, as the price of education results in student debt and underemployment is a reality for even the most qualified post-secondary graduates, Free Education! aims to generate conversations within our community–across generations and socio-economic realities–about what it looks like to reimagine possibilities for education.
Through our exhibition and related events involving past participants in FUNY-related projects, we will look at the various leftist threads across the United States that led to FUNY, from a 1964 trip to Cuba organized by Progressive Labor, 1960s student movements, the Lower East Side poetry scene, the Free Speech movement in Berkeley, to the peace movement. We trace these movements through projects that evolved from FUNY including feminist militancy, Newsreel filmmakers, Tolstoy College, poetry publications, radical psychiatry, Feminist theatre, and more. Our series of related free public programs will come into dialog with organizers of similar projects including Free University NYC, the Strike Debt project, and organizers at Cooper Union.