June - July 2019 | The Button Show: Tiny Wearable Art

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More than one thousand, 1 ¼ inch, original artwork buttons took over the walls of Gallery 924 for a unique, two month extended exhibition.

Buttons have long been a way American culture has shared ideas, passions, self-expression, and political views. The practice of using buttons for political messaging goes back to the first presidential campaign for George Washington. Since then, buttons have become much more than campaign tools. Buttons were co-opted in the 70s by the Punk Rock and New Wave music scenes and emerged as their own subculture in the early 1980s.

In Gallery 924, we have been doing our part to reinvigorate button culture by creating custom buttons for all of our exhibitions. In summer 2019, we turned it up a notch and asked artists to create original artworks to fit on a button. Various media, both 2D and 3D, various artists and styles, all tiny wearable self-expressive art! Everyone should be able to own (and sometimes wear) beautiful, powerful, provocative, meaningful, original artwork.

View the complete list of participating artists here.

Thank you to our funders

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Lilly
Indiana Arts Commission
CICF
Clowes Charitable Foundation