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.
LightField’s 2nd Festival of multimedia art presents the work of six distinguished artists. In different ways, their visual projects look past common perceptions and stereotypes to delve into the real lives of people largely invisible to mainstream culture. These artists are unflinching in their engagement with working-class people of all ethnicities, who day-to-day face challenges to their humanity and dignity from within and without their communities.
By presenting their work in one venue (Hudson Hall), with innovative, multifaceted displays, Just the Facts asserts the potency of the art’s subject matter, and also aims to explore how the realism on the artworks’ surface creates lively, nuanced entry points to broader conversations.
Those entry points include:
– the agency of the disenfranchised individual in American society;
– the prospect of social, economic, and political upheavals now dominating secular life;
– the myth of documentary objectivity;
– the ways in which globalization and technology have left many individuals and families behind;
– and the ways in which immigrants have become the focus of insecurity and fear worldwide.