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Digital Breath: Video and Sound Art in the Age of Global Connectivity

For this timely exhibition, guest curator and multimedia artist Brian C. O’Malley brings together the work of 7 artists with fresh and diverse perspectives exploring the theme of “breath” during the era of COVID with compelling video and sound art works.

Virtual Discussion @ the Smithsonian

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 6 – 7 pm
Join the Curator:  A Conversation with Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (virtual)

This fall, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, artist and scholar Annu Palakunnathu Matthew sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of that conflict through her recent work based on archival photographs of Indian soldiers. Join the artist, along with curators Asma Naeem and Carol Huh, for a discussion on the incompleteness of our historical narratives and the political dimensions of historical forgetfulness. T
 
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is a multimedia artist, photographer, and professor of art at the University of Rhode Island. She has also served as director of the Center for the Humanities and as Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence and Peace Studies. She is represented by the gallery sepiaEYE in New York City.  
 
Asma Naeem is the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Chief Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and is a specialist in American art and contemporary Islamic art. She was previously associate curator at Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  
 
Carol Huh is curator of contemporary art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Huh focuses on current artistic production related to Asia through exhibitions, acquisitions, and public programs.

Register and join the event here:  https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uqvN3iS_SL-jcu94OlJErg

Images from top clockwise: Artist experimenting with crystals courtesy David H Wells. 
Lt E C Joshua and Flt Lt Arjan Jethanand Mirchandani. 

Former Glory

The American flag is an icon of patriotism, imbued with authority and cultural significance. This exhibition of works created in a range of media considers the American flag in the context of our time. As a representation of national identity, the flag purportedly encompasses a diversity of people, but it has also been used to substantiate the idea of American exceptionalism. Spanning more than 150 years, Former Glory questions our emotional connections to the flag and explores its presence in domestic and international communities. Humorous, violent, critical, and sentimental, these varied works acknowledge and reflect on American nationalism and our complex histories.