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Examining the American Dream September 24 – December 10, 2020 The American Dream, the national ethos of the United States, was born from the Declaration of Independence’s ideal that “all men are
Examining the American Dream
September 24 – December 10, 2020
The American Dream, the national ethos of the United States, was born from the Declaration of Independence’s ideal that “all men are created equal”. Not women, not black, brown, or indigenous people, just white men. The ethos embodies the set of ideals determined to be fundamental to humanity—democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality. It is also the idea that the pursuit of “life, liberty, and happiness” will be rewarded to those willing to work hard. With every president and change in government comes new definitions of what that means. This exhibition is a look at how the American Dream evolves under the influence of technology, war, religion, racism, discrimination, economic disparity, and eternal hope. Out of this, we aim to foster dialogue, question assumptions, illuminate prejudice, and make space for community connection within and beyond American borders.
Exhibiting artists: Intisar Abioto, Holly Andres, Julie Blackmon, Kris Graves, Jamil Hellu, Jon Henry, Thomas Kiefer, Mia K. McNeal, Carlos Javier Ortiz, Cinthya Santos-Briones, Hank Willis Thomas, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and Matika Wilbur
This exhibit is on view September 24 – December 10, 2020.
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September 24 (Thursday) - December 10 (Thursday)
900 12th Avenue
Virtual Studio Visit with Rodrigo Valenzuela November 5, 2020 | Thursday 6pm (PST) Online Event FREE WITH RSVP Join PCNW for a virtual studio visit with Los Angeles-based artist
Virtual Studio Visit with Rodrigo Valenzuela
November 5, 2020 | Thursday 6pm (PST)
FREE WITH RSVP
Join PCNW for a virtual studio visit with Los Angeles-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela, whose work is currently featured in our exhibition Examining the American Dream. Working across a broad spectrum of disciplines including photography, video, and installation, Valenzuela’s work constructs narratives, scenes, and stories which point to the tensions found between the individual and communities. Born and raised in Chile, Valenzuela pulls on autobiographical threads to inform larger universal fields of experience. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or himself as the subject, Valenzuela explores the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. Valenzuela’s many residencies include Light Work in Syracuse, NY; a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Skowhegan, ME; Bemis Center, NE and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY. He has exhibited his work widely and is represented by Upfor Gallery in Portland and Klowden Mann Gallery, LA. Valenzuela received his MFA from the University of Washington and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Panel Discussion: Keeper of the Hearth November 14, 2020 | Saturday 12pm (PST) Online Event FREE WITH RSVP To mark the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’ renowned work Camera
Virtual Panel Discussion: Keeper of the Hearth
November 14, 2020 | Saturday 12pm (PST)
FREE WITH RSVP
To mark the 40th anniversary of Roland Barthes’ renowned work Camera Lucida (La Chambre claire) in 2020, artist Odette England invited more than 200 photography-based artists, writers, critics, curators, and historians from around the world to contribute an image or text that reflects on Barthes’ famous Winter Garden photograph – an unpublished snapshot of his mother at age five. The resulting work is featured in the recently released book Keeper of the Hearth: Picturing Roland Barthes’ Unseen Photograph.
Join PCNW on Saturday, November 14 for a shared conversation between Odette England and five of the acclaimed contributing photographers: Birthe Piontek, Dru Donovan, Eirik Johnson, Meghann Riepenhoff, and Rafael Soldi. Together, these Northwest-based artists will discuss their own contributions to Keeper of the Hearth as well as their reflections on the connections between memory and photography more broadly.
About the Panelists:
Odette England uses photography, performance, writing, and the archive to explore autobiography, gender, ritual, place, and vernacular photography. England is the Visiting Artist-in-Residence at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She is also a resident artist of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program in New York. Her work has been shown in more than 90 solo, two-person, and group exhibitions worldwide.
Through a diverse photographic practice, as well as sculpture and installation, Birthe Piontek examines the relationship between memory and identity, with a special interest in the topic of female identity and its representation in our society. Born and raised in Germany, Piontek is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Candad and a member of the Cake Collective. Her recent book Abendlied was published in 2019.
Dru Donovan uses the human body as a vehicle for portraying emotional desires. Her photographs investigate human experiences, both in real-time and reinvented through actors and props, where the body is the main source of narrative weight
Based in Portland, OR, Donovan has taught institutions including Parsons School for Design, Pratt Institute, Lewis & Clark College, University of Hartford, Yale University and Harvard University. Donovan is a 2016-2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow.
Eirik Johnson’s photographic and interdisciplinary projects reflect a deep interest in the relationship between individuals and communities, the surrounding natural landscape, and processes of transformation and historical change. Based in Seattle, WA, Johnson serves as Programs Chair at the Photographic Center NW and is a member of the Cake Collective. His most recent book Barrow Cabins was published in 2019.
Meghann Riepenhoff’s work questions the nature of our relationships to the landscape, images, time, and impermanence as she explores photographic reactions to sand, salt water, wind and waves. Based on Bainbridge Island, WA and San Francisco, CA, Riepenhoff is a 2018-2019 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. Her first monograph Littoral Drift+Ecotone was published in 2018.
Rafael Soldi centers his practice on how queerness and masculinity intersect with larger topics of our time such as immigration, memory, and loss. Born and raised in Peru and based in Seattle, WA, Soldi has exhibited his own work widely and is a founding member of the Strange Fire Collective. His first monograph CARGAMONTÓN was published in 2020.
(Saturday) 12:00 pm
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