The Art of Going Viral | Niki Johnson | TEDxUWMilwaukee

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Galleries provide a controlled, if not elevated environment--but what happens when your work goes viral? Artists create artwork with specific intentions and audiences in mind. Where a piece of art is seen directly affects the way it is experienced, and fuels how it is interpreted. This talk explores how political artwork makes meaning when it explodes beyond the walls of the gallery to hang alongside flashy headlines and clickbait. Drawing on my experience of having a piece go viral, I reveal the unexpected lessons I learned about being an artist committed to creating social change while unexpectedly navigating the territory of public domain.

Artist, Curator, Owner- Niki Johnson Studio, LLC

Artwork housed in the permanent collection of the Milwaukee Art Museum, UW-Health's American Center Hospital, Madison Central Public Library

Reviews of art featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, Vice Magazine

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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