Thursday, October 4, 2018
Opening Reception Runs through January 18, 2019

cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights, an exhibition curated
by Lorie Novak and Deborah Willis

The Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in collaboration with For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative presents cit.i.zen.ship: reflections on rights with photographs, works on paper, writings, and video that reflect on human rights and notions of citizenship. “To accept one’s past — one’s history,” wrote James Baldwin in The Fire Next Time, “is not the same thing as drowning in it; it is learning how to use it. An invented past can never be used; it cracks and crumbles under the pressures of life like clay in a season of drought.” The theme of the exhibition reminds us that our actions today will affect the future, just as the actions of courageous individuals during the Civil Rights Movement changed the world. Conceptually and characteristically, each of the artists uses different symbolic references to visually represent the definable issues surrounding civil rights, resistance, environmental issues, immigration, race, class, gentrification, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, prison reform, freedom of speech and more. They use documentation, process, history, and personal experience to engage the politics of this nation and pave the way for new narratives in the future.

The exhibition is curated by Tisch DPI professors Lorie Novak and Deborah Willis with Riana Gideon as assistant curator. This year, the launch for The 50 State Initiative, is a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse.

Time:  6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Photography &
Imaging Galleries, 721 Broadway, Lobby and 8th Floor Galleries

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Jack Adam • Aaron Adams • Gregory Michael Alders • Bridgette Auger • Perry Bard / Richard Sullivan • Laylah Amatullah Barrayn • Alexandra Bell • Cydney Blitzer • Terry E. Boddie • Masha Bordovskikh • Sheila Pree Bright • Zoe Buckman • Katherine Spencer Carey • Community Heroes, NYC (Jasmin Chang, Zac Martin, and Ivan Valladares) • Jennifer Ling Datchuk • Damien Davis • Rose DeSiano • Claire Dorfman • Adama Delphine Fawundu • Lola Flash • Marcela A. Fuentes / Flavia Sparacino • Bill Gaskins • Michael George • Riana Gideon • Eric Gottesman • Mohammed Amir Hamza • Eric Hart Jr • Chester Higgins • Grace Hinchen • Stephen Hunt • Jessica Ingram • Tailyr Irvine • Deborah Jack • Veronica Jackson • Monique Jaques • Mark Jenkinson • Philomene Joseph • Ed Kashi • Nick Kline • Lili Kobielski • LigoranoReese • William Martin III • Isa Mejia • Editha Mesina • Diane Meyer • Tess Mayer • Marilyn Montufar • Nancy Newberry • Mary Notari • Ademola Olugebefola • Jayson Overby • Gordon Parks • Shina Peng • Stephen Perloff • Alice Proujansky • Zayira Ray • Jamie Schofield Riva • Joseph Rodriguez • Maria-Juliana Rojas • Bayeté Ross Smith • Griselda San Martin • Vicky Sanchez • Dakota Santiago • Ken Schles • Joey Solomon • David J. Spear • Grace Swierenga • Momo Takahashi • Diana Taylor • Hank Willis Thomas • Olga Ush • Katerina Voegtle • Julia Wang • Adrian White • Daniella Zalcman • And High School Students From: NYU Tisch Future Imagemakers • Bronx Documentary Center Junior Photo League • Harrison High School, Chicago • ICP Teen Academy • Lower East Side Girls Club • Our Community Record, Two Eagle River School, Flathead Reservation • Red Hook Reporters, Brooklyn • Reel Works • And other students from NYC, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles

Photo © Chester Higgins/Skoto Gallery, State of Affairs, 2018.