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Truth is A Creative Process: A “No Longer Empty” Walking Tour with Kamau Ware
March 4, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join us for a collective storytelling tour that explores the relationship between the creative process and locating truth. Inspired by the work of the Black Gotham Experience, Kamau Ware will lead participants in a mobile conversation that brings to life the many creative strategies being employed by artists in the exhibition. Guided by a series of prompts and provocations, the group will walk from the boundaries of the gallery to the streets of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood exploring and expanding upon truth, meaning and our lived experience. Join us as we unpack how truth itself is a creative process that can be investigated, interrupted and reconfigured.
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Saturday, March 3rd, 4-6 pm | RSVP
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Sunday, March 4th, 6-8pm | RSVP
No Longer Empty activates public engagement with contemporary art through curated, community-responsive exhibitions and education programs in unique spaces.
Hold These Truths presents work that responds to our complex and critical moment in United States history through the works of artists including Sol Aramendi, Alexandra Bell, Natalie Bookchin, Andrea Bowers, Nancy Chunn, Adinah Dancyger & Mykki Blanco, Nona Faustine, 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. This exhibition is curated by Rachel Gugelberger, Curator and Manon Slome, Co-Founder/Chief Curator and continues the legacy of No Longer Empty’s Bring in the Reality, a 2015 exhibition at Nathan Cummings Foundation that explored the intersection of storytelling and activism.
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 appropriation and-enactment. 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.