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John Q. Public & Citizen Jane

Private Americans in the Political Domain
29 January through 7 March 2007


  • Hasan Elahi
  • Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry
  • Martha Rosler
  • Allan Sekula
  • Paul Shambroom
  • Luther Thie & Eyal Fried
  • Pamela Vander Zwan

Opening Celebration

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Lecture by Louis Hock

5:30 PM, Nasatir Hall 100

Reception for the Artists

7:30 to 8:30 PM, 2007 University Art Gallery

About the Exhibition

Private Americans in the Political Domain will be presented at the University Art Gallery from January 29 through March 7, 2007. The exhibition will explore the relationship of individual American citizens to their government, at the federal and municipal levels. Through photographs, videos and multi-media installations, the exhibition will address related topics such as ordinary civilians' participation in civic affairs, individuals' awareness of governmental impact on their daily lives, and the implicit responsibility of citizenship to preserve democracy. The exhibition will include works by a vibrant mix of established, mid-career and emerging artists from across the United States. Martha Rosler will be represented by selections from Bringing the War Home: House Beautiful, a recent series commenting on the Iraq War. Allan Sekula will present two slide-projection pieces, Waiting for Tear Gas and Prayer for the Americans. Paul Shambroom will include four works from his Meetings series of local government portraits. Hasan Elahi will be represented by Tracking Transience, a Web-based project accompanied by photographs. Pamela Vander Zwan will present works from her Shedding Light series, which includes photographs and Braille versions of the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, along with the artist's Braille "flash cards." Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry will exhibit Endurance, which documents a performance of civil disobedience via photographs and video. And Luther Thie and Eyal Fried will install Acclair, a brain scanning service for security clearance and neurocapital access.


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