Dover Art Center presents “Un-American” exhibition until August
DOVER – The Art Center presents its new exhibition “Un-American” during the months of July and August.
First seen in print form in 1818, the term anti-American has been defined as “non-American: not characteristic of or conforming to American customs, principles or traditions.” When the Art Center featured this topic as the theme of an exhibition, artists from across the country responded by sending in a variety of surprising works of art for display.
Art center owner Rebecca Proctor expects there will be conflicts over this exhibit, as there was when she presented “Normalizing Abortion: Self-Portraits and Stories” in October 2019.
“The artwork leans to the left simply because no artwork with a conservative perspective has been submitted,” she said.
The works themselves explore many controversial topics that took place during the Trump years in the White House. Artist Caren Jo Shapiro, creator of ‘Smile Pretty’ and ‘Choking on the Flag’, wrote in her artist statement: ‘Lives and freedoms are eroded and destroyed, institutional and individual assaults are normalized, idealized… redefined as patriotism (and) these aggressions have become more ruthless, extreme and widespread since the 2016 election. ”His words aptly sums up the theme of works of art as a whole.
Racial strife and protests, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans from the COVID-19 pandemic, the trend towards totalitarianism, the death of George Floyd, the insurgency on Capitol Hill, censorship, abuse sexuality and sexism; all these subjects and many others are scrutinized by the artists in this exhibition.
Visit “Un-American” in person at the Art Center located at One Washington Street, Suite 1177. For more information, call (603) 978-6702 or email [email protected]
To view the “non-American” exhibition online, visit theartcenteronlinegallery.com, where the artwork is on a virtual wall. Press the “Next Piece” button to view the entire show or click on the artwork to find artist name, price, medium and size. If you click in the lower left corner, numbers will appear and you can scroll to the next individual piece of art in the exhibition.