Americans Looking in: Artist Q&A + Virtual Potluck

large red wooden compass in the center
Americans Looking In (2020) Center for Book Arts
Eric Pickersgill
Eric Pickersgill (2020)
Tammy Nguyen with long black hair stands next to one of her paintings
Tammy Nguyen 2020
Ashok Sinha
Ashok Sinha (2020)
emilie Ahern smiles warmly at the camera
Sherri looks intently at the camera with perfectly styled curly brown hair

Event Info

Join the curators and artists of Americans Looking In for a virtual potluck potluck dinner and a discussion about food and tradition. Each artist will discuss their artistic practice and artwork featured in the exhibition. The Americans, by Robert Frank, was a highly influential book in post-war American photography. The photographs were notable for their distanced view of both high and low strata of American society and the book as a whole created a complicated portrait of the period, interpreted as skeptical of contemporary values and evocative of ubiquitous loneliness. Both curators of this exhibition have reflected on what it means to be “American.” Having multicultural backgrounds and being raised in the States has given them both moments of confusion and frustration, and has led them to wonder what this country has to do with personal identity. When forming this exhibition, the curators presented themselves, artists, editors, leaders and everyday-people with the question – “What is American culture today, and what does an American look like?”They ask the viewer to consider the question with them starting through the eyes of the artists in this exhibition, leading to self reflection upon exiting the space.

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