Duct tape over cracks in the sidewalk is a group exhibition featuring work created by the 13 students that were a part of the course Art and Activism: Rights of Nature at Tulane University. This course explored art making as a tool for change. We set out to expand our knowledge of both environmental problems and possible solutions through meeting with experts across disciplinary fields and cultivating our own civically engaged artistic practices. A specific topic of our initial focus was the devastating effects that the fossil fuel industry continues to have on our communities here in Louisiana. Our primary service endeavor was an intent to support and participate in the next iteration of Fossil Free Festival (initially scheduled for April 2020 in New Orleans). At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our lives, and therefore work, shifted significantly; both Fossil Free Festival and our physical exhibition at Antenna had to be canceled. We did everything we could to troubleshoot projects virtually and/or make new work responding to our circumstances in quarantine. This online exhibition is the salvaged product of our unexpectedly thwarted efforts to create physical art and participatory experiences. Duct tape over cracks in the sidewalk is an expression of both our ambitions and humility, our sadness and our continued effort.
– AnnieLaurie Erickson, Associate Professor, Newcomb Art Department, Tulane University