|Why You Can’t Get Married|
Nava Atlas, a book artist who lives and works in the Hudson Valley Region of New York, is a participating artist in this year’s benefit auction, “Forever 39” being held on April 4th.
Nava has generously donated her artist book Why You Can’t Get Married: An Unwedding Album to the auction. This is what she says about this work on her website.
This limited edition artist’s book examines the issue of same-sex marriage through the lens of the past. The very arguments used to oppose interracial marriage in generations past have been recycled for use against same-sex marriage. Comparing state codes, legal opinions, public hearings, and political pronouncements, it becomes apparent that the arguments aren’t just similar, but nearly identical. The book ends with a ray of hope, presenting Mildred Loving’s statement on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Supreme Court decision, Loving vs. Virginia, which legalized interracial marriage in all fifty states. She stated in part, “I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sexual orientation, should have [the] freedom to marry.”
Nava Atlas combines her experience in the fields of publishing and the fine arts to pursue her interest in book arts; its form and concept is central to her practice. Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces, including the Wichita Art Museum, Suffolk Museum (VA), ARC Gallery (Chicago), Purdue University, Duke University, Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), and Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (Silver Spring, MD). Her work is in several public collections, including the New York Public Library Collection of Prints and Drawings, Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art (SUNY New Paltz), The Washington Pavilion of arts and Science (SD), and Weatherspoon Art Gallery (NC).