Histories and Memories
Exhibition Dates: January 23 - March 3, 2017
Reception and Juror's Lecture: January 26, 2017, 4-6 p.m., Tom Thomas Gallery
“For every image of the past that is not recognized by the present as one of its own concerns threatens to disappear irretrievably.”
–Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
To quote Walter Benjamin’s seminal essay, Theses on the Philosophy of History, “to articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it ‘the way it really was’ (Ranke). It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger.” In this era of heightened domestic and global tensions, perhaps it is important for us to think about our past, present, and future as individuals as well as a collective unit in a holistic, and yet diversified manner. For this exhibition, artists were invited to submit works in which personal experiences and memories are points of departure and/or inspiration for the work as well as those works that address the concepts of collective history and/or memory, no matter how controversial.
Over 500 works were submitted for inclusion from 40 states and the District of Columbia, from which 36 works were chosen by this year’s juror, Josh Hagler.
Ann B. Kim
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Indiana University East