The Yes Men Win Creative Time’s New $25K Prize for Art and Social Change

Say “yes” to skydiving! A still from The Yes Men Fix the World, a documentary premiering Saturday at Film Forum in New York City.

High-minded hoaxers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, better know as The Yes Men, are the winners of a new $25,000 award from Creative Time. The nonprofit arts organization has selected The Yes Men as the inaugural winners of the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, which will be awarded annually “to an artist who has committed her or his life’s work to social change in powerful and productive ways.” For Bichlbaum (a.k.a. Jacques Servin) and Bonanno (Igor Vamos), that work is “exposing, perhaps deviously, the nastiness of powerful evildoers,” whether by posing as top executives of corporations they loathe or blanketing Manhattan with fake New York Posts filled with facts on climate change (cover story: “We’re Screwed”) the day before the United Nations summit. The Yes Men will receive the award on the evening of October 23 during the Creative Time Summit at the New York Public Library (purchase tickets here). For a closer look at the duo Naomi Klein has described as “the Jonathan Swift of the Jackass generation,” don’t miss The Yes Men Fix the World, which hits theaters beginning Saturday.