- DurationOctober 24-December 16, 2012
- Works by
Luis Jimenez, Jacob Lawrence, Tomie Arai, Faith Ringgold, Elizabeth Catlett, and numerous emerging artists
- Curated ByBlake Bradford
Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity features works by American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent. Using a diverse array of media, the artists examine patriotism, communication, the struggle for acceptance, and what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century.
Four main themes run through Infinite Mirror: self-selection, pride, assimilation, and protest, providing audiences with the opportunity to re-examine both the story and storytellers of the quintessential “American dream.” Largely based in portraiture, the exhibition reflects how individuals present themselves to the world and the pride they feel for their origins, values, and personal accomplishments.
Some works convey confidence and defiance in the face of inequality or degradation, while many others warmly exude joy, love, and strength. These artists celebrate their lives as U.S. citizens while acknowledging the histories and traditions of their familial roots.
Many artists in Infinite Mirror comment on the two-way transaction of assimilation, the third theme, by investigating the degree to which new cultural contributions are accepted, mined, or rejected by society. Conversely, several of the artists examine how much they have retained their original cultures and the ways in which they have evolved in their changing environments.
Protest, the final theme, explores the American tradition of challenging political and cultural ideals. The diverse group assembled for Infinite Mirror illuminates some of America’s shadowy corners while retaining the spirit of idealism.
Infinite Mirror is developed by Artrain, Inc. and Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA, and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. The show is presented with support from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts.