‘Infinite Mirror’ exhibit reflects views of American identity

November 7, 2012 10:00 AM

New Wave staff

Themes of patriotism, communication, the struggle for acceptance and what it means to be an American in the 21st century are reflected in works by diverse artists in the newest exhibit at the Newcomb Art Gallery, called “Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity.”

Sungho Choi - My America

My America by Sungho Choi is one of the pieces in the exhibit at the Newcomb Art Gallery that addresses what it means to be an American today.

The gallery exhibit will be on view through Dec. 16 in the Woldenberg Art Center on the Tulane uptown campus. It features works in various media by American artists of African, Arab, European, Asian, Latino, and Native American descent.

Commenting upon the show’s title, co-curator Benito Huerta says, “This country is like a mirror, it’s a reflection of ourselves … and there are so many voices in this country that the reflection goes on infinitely.” Huerta is associate professor of painting and director and curator of The Gallery at the University of Texas–Arlington.

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.

Included in the show are such internationally renowned artists as Luis Jimenez, Jacob Lawrence, Tomie Arai, Faith Ringgold and the late Elizabeth Catlett as well as numerous emerging artists.

Blake Bradford, curator of "Infinite Mirror" and director of education at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, will discuss the exhibition on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium.

The gallery, which is free of charge, is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

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