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This Is Not America looks at the intersection of art and social change through the lens of the ASU Art Museum’s collection in conversation with emerging and established artists. Works are paired as a form of call and response in order to create a dialogue around current issues related to protest and poetic gestures within the aesthetics of resistance. The exhibition title takes a cue from Alfredo Jaar’s seminal 1987 public art video intervention at Times Square in New York City, A Logo for America, a three-part video animation that plays off the notions of “America” and its relationship to citizenship, homeland and borders.
Part 2 of the exhibition explores various themes through works that tend to express rebellious attitudes, generally in opposition to socially established values. Through a range of media, 28 artists are represented with works created from 1930-2013. A sense of cultural resistance is expressed through a poetic conduit among the works and punctuated in the aesthetics of the body, memory and time.
This Is Not America
Resistance, Protest and Poetics
Part 1: Aug. 12-Nov. 9, 2013
Part 2: Nov. 16 2013-March 15, 2014
Part 3: April 5-July 19, 2014 (co-curated with ASU MFA students)
Artist include Facundo Arganaraz, Sandow Birk, Los Carpinteros, Juan Capristan, Enrique Chagoya, Binh Danh, Kota Ezawa, Eamon Ore-Giron, George Grosz, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Jon Haddock, Alfredo Jaar, Michael Lucero, Carrie Marill, Sanaz Mazinani, Ranu Mukherjee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gina Osterloh, Raymond Pettibon, Michele Pred, Ken Price, Jerome Reyes, Paul Rucker, Rene Francisco Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Lorna Simpson and Adriana Varejão.
Curated by Julio César Morales with assistance from ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Degree student Indira Garcia.