Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in New York State in 1917, Seen and Heard explores the state’s history of activism and use of the arts as a catalyst for social change. Inspired by Barbara Kruger’s “Who Speaks, Who is Silent?”, a monumental work in the Everson’s permanent collection that addresses the implication of silence and representation for women, this exhibition brings together newly commissioned work from artists working in photography, printmaking, and social practice, as well as several works from the Museum’s collection. Accompanied by a series of public programs, Seen and Heard explores the language and tactics of protest through the arts.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.
Whether or not you go, Barbara Kruger is a seminal volume celebrating the career of influential American artist Barbara Kruger, made in collaboration with the artist.
Bold, philosophical, radical, subversive: the art of Barbara Kruger focuses on decoding the social-psychological messages embedded in popular culture. Marrying pictures to words in a variety of media and sites, Kruger raises issues of power politics, sexuality, and representation. Borrowing slogans and phrases from the lexicon of thought, and using the potent weapon of pure graphics, Kruger’s art offers up powerfully distilled messages of word and image. This beautifully designed book is the most comprehensive volume on Kruger’s body of work to date. The book explores her work over the past thirty years, including many previously unpublished works. Aptly designed to embody a manifesto-like aesthetic, the book also presents bold spreads of the artist’s large-scale works and public projects, which confront such controversial and weighty topics as abortion, consumerism, spirituality, and identity.