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Opening Reception: Hold These Truths

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Please join us for the Opening Reception of Hold These Truths: Monday, November 13, 6 pm - 8 pm

RSVP is required to attend the opening: http://bit.ly/RSVPholdthesetruths

Hold These Truths features works by Sol Aramendi, Alexandra Bell, Natalie Bookchin, Andrea Bowers, Nancy Chunn, Adinah Dancyger & Mykki Blanco, Nona Faustine Simmons, Ramiro Gomez & David Feldman, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Shaun Leonardo, Esperanza Mayobre, Loren Madsen, Richard Mosse, Not An Alternative, Jenny Polak, Bayeté Ross Smith, Michael Sharkey, Dustina Sherbine, Unlimited, Ltd., Kamau Ware and Carey Young.

A reference to the Declaration of Independence, Hold These Truths embodies both a fragment of a sentence that represents an incomplete history of justice and a call to assert diverse realities. The divisiveness of our political landscape, complicated by such concepts as “alternative facts” and “fake news” serves as a backdrop for works that expose the hollowness of proliferating misrepresentations in the name of power, both historically and in our present moment. Reflecting on narratives from multiple sources in a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape, the exhibition includes work by artists who employ strategies ranging from editing and re-framing to culture-jamming. Their work collectively seeks to dismantle prevailing constructs of national identity, and observe the right to challenge the very mechanisms that exclude expression and participation.

Hold These Truths will be accompanied by a series of participatory programs including walking tours that unpack how meaning and truth are creative processes, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and performance workshops that locate current events within the body. Collectively, these programs address timely issues such as Immigration, Climate Change, and Labor and Legal Documentation.

Hold These Truths was made possible by support from The Nathan Cummings Foundation. A family foundation rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice and committed to democratic values, including fairness, diversity and community. It focuses on finding solutions to the two biggest problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality. The Foundation invests in four focus areas to build a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity and Culture. For more information, visit: www.nathancummings.org.

Hold These Truths on view: November 13, 2017 – March 14, 2018
Viewing hours by are appointment: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5pm
To schedule a visit email exhibits@nathancummings.org

For more information about Hold These Truths please visit: http://bit.ly/NLEholdthesetruths

Image: Alexandra Bell, A Teenager With Promise, 2017, Photo: Darryl Richardson. Courtesy of the artist.