The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Thursday, October 22, 2020


'States of Mind: Art and American Democracy' to coincide with the presidential election
Rodney McMillian, Untitled (The Supreme Court Painting), 2004–06, Acrylic on canvas, 216 x 216 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. © 2020 the artist. Photo: Gene Ogami.



HOUSTON, TX.- Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, announced the reopening of the galleries on September 19 with the fall exhibition States of Mind: Art and American Democracy, on view through December 19, 2020.

Reflecting on some of the most pressing topics facing American democracy, States of Mind is timed to coincide with the 2020 presidential election in order to encourage dialogue around current social and political issues. Many of the works on view examine the status of our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality, while others engage with questions of voting access, gun control, and immigration policies—three issues that are common throughout the United States and of particular concern to Texas. States of Mind does not attempt to cover the myriad complexities of a democratic government but rather to invite viewers to consider timely yet recurrent questions around these themes. Each artist in States of Mind offers a discrete and potent account of how political issues directly affect our daily lives. By illuminating challenging, often entrenched policies, they seek to stimulate discourse and propose social change.

States of Mind reflects the Moody’s mission to cultivate interdisciplinary conversation through the arts. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director, says, “As the political process unfolds, the exhibition will underscore the fundamental role art plays in fostering a dynamic dialogue in the community, especially during this divided time.”

Organized by Ylinka Barotto, Associate Curator, States of Mind features emerging artists, some of whom are showing work in Texas for the first time such as Janiva Ellis and Camilo Godoy, together with established figures such as Cady Noland and Hank Willis Thomas, among others. The presentation includes paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and works on paper, providing an intergenerational take on certain aspects of the U.S. democratic system.




The works in States of Mind span the last three decades, and some were created in direct response to the current presidential administration—a period during which many of these issues have been brought to the fore. Installed throughout the Moody’s galleries, States of Mind is designed by exhibition designer and architect Aviva Rubin. Using the cube as a metaphor for democracy, Rubin deconstructs the geometric shape to echo the exhibition’s theme of an imperfect system. The golden walls throughout the galleries point to the aspiration of improving and perfecting government, even as so many of the artworks expose frail social realities.

Highlights from the exhibition include works that question the state of long-standing democratic institutions such as Rodney McMillian’s Untitled (The Supreme Court Painting) (2004–06), made in reaction to the decisive role the Supreme Court played in the 2000 presidential election of George W. Bush over Al Gore. The painting points to the collapse of American values, represented by the iconic building seeming to melt into the ground. The flaccid portrayal of the neoclassical architecture subverts the building’s innate strength, calling out the shortcomings of the justice system as a whole and specifically its failure to protect African Americans. Chris Burden’s L.A.P.D Uniforms (1993), originally created in response to the police brutality during the beating of Rodney King and the subsequent Los Angeles riots in 1992, continues to resonate. Imposing in scale, the uniforms reflect on the outsize power of the police force and instances of its repressive conduct.

Addressing issues of voting access, Aram Han Sifuentes will create a site-specific installation that encourages the public to think about voting as an inclusive act of civic participation. Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t for the 2020 Presidential Election consists of a booth where visitors can cast ballots that question the electoral system, who is excluded from it, and what would happen if those marginalized people were allowed to take part in the democratic process.

Gun control is central to Israeli artist Yael Bartana’s video The Undertaker (2019), which is being presented in the United States for the first time. Filmed in the streets of Philadelphia on the occasion of Bartana’s performance Bury our weapons, not our bodies!, the video uses historical references as well as contemporary expressions of public protest to address the pervasiveness of gun violence in our culture. Mexican artist Teresa Margolles’s El Brillo series (2019) consists of three elegantly hand-embroidered black-velvet garments adorned with glass shards from shootings at the Texas-Mexico border and from the artist’s hometown of Culiacán. The series addresses the violence inextricably connected to the international distribution of U.S.-made guns.

Immigration is a critical issue for many artists in the exhibition. Guadalupe Maravilla’s Disease Thrower #9 (2019) is a personal account of the displacement, alienation, and uncertainty the artist confronted as an undocumented child migrating to the United States. Maravilla sees the totemic work as a healing conduit to address individual traumas, illness, and disquietudes, as well as the shared circumstances encountered by other migrants.

Catherine Opie’s Political Collages (2019) is a new body of work created in response to current political and social uncertainties. Animated sequences of images collected from popular magazines will appear on freestanding vertical monitors not only at the Moody and across campus but also dispersed in public locations around the city, thereby connecting the exhibition to the greater Houston community.










Today's News

September 20, 2020

It's a banana. It's art. And now it's the Guggenheim's problem.

New York plans statue of justice Ginsburg, 'daughter of Brooklyn'

Real-life 'Pianist' possessions up for auction in Poland

President Harding's family battles over exhuming his body

wHY's new expansion of David Kordansky Gallery opens in Los Angeles

Lisson Gallery to open on Cork Street in Mayfair

Christian Liaigre, minimalist interior designer, dies at 77

Exhibition of new work by Trenton Doyle Hancock spans both of James Cohan's locations

Two Flash Gordon newspaper strips from 1940 light up Heritage Auction's European Comic Art event

Galeria Jaqueline Martins to open in Brussels

Exhibition at Martos Gallery features new sculpture-asiinstallation by Kayode Ojo

Art Gallery of South Australia announces new Board Chair

New digital database to provide unprecedented access to the past, present and future of Glastonbury Festival

'States of Mind: Art and American Democracy' to coincide with the presidential election

Alvar Aalto Museum receives a donation from the Allan and Bo Hjelt Art Foundation

Blum & Poe opens an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska

Major new exhibition explores history & legacy of "commonwealth" in VA, PA, PR

Make a collage with your newspaper

Gigantic dog sculptures welcome New Yorkers back to Broadway in the Garment District

Stephen Cohen, influential historian of Russia, dies at 81

Modern Art opens a solo exhibition of new works by Ron Nagle

French butcher seeks to carve out Unesco distinction

Pace Gallery opens an exhibition featuring Nina Katchadourian's Monument to the Unelected (2008-ongoing)

Colin Kaepernick's rookie NFL debut 49ers jersey heads to Julien's Auctions Dec. 4

Microsoft70-483 Certification and Its 70-483 Exam: Go This Way with Practice Tests

Can you sue for mesothelioma Top Lawyer Advice?

Learn about Airport Transfer Bristol

OGS Capital Reviews On Aspects To Consider While Starting A New Business:

Check Out These Excellent U.S. Art Galleries





Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful