Picket Fence to Picket Line: Visions of American Citizenship

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Oct 15 2016 - Feb 5 2017

Picket Fence to Picket Line will foster meaningful dialogue surrounding this year's presidential election and connect to our active population of voters. It will inspire visitors to confront one of the most highly charged questions in contemporary political discourse: What is citizenship?

This exhibition explores citizenship in relation to the spaces and places that American citizens have historically held the right to occupy and possess, beginning with the establishment of domestic property. This topic will be investigated through such themes as early American landownership and phenomena such as sharecropping and crowded tenements. In addition, the exhibition examines acts of engagement, celebration, and protest which become politically charged as they play out in civic spaces. 

The exhibition will give each visitor a unique opportunity to consider how our identities as citizens develop within and in response to different spaces. The themes will be presented through a range of objects pulled from the Museum's permanent collection, including major works from Walker Evans, Currier and Ives printmakers, Jacob Lawrence, and Andy Warhol. The exhibition will also include the multimedia installation of a new commissioned piece by Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries in response to the upcoming election.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • American
  • Political / Satire / Documentary
  • Walker Evans
  • Currier & Ives
  • Andy Warhol
  • and others

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