Koenhline Museum of Art: Where Are We Now?: Activism of Everyday
October 8 – November 20, 2020
Curators: Nathan Harpaz, Curator of Koehnline Museum of Art & Kristin Haas, Art Faculty and Curator. Organized by the Women Gender Studies Program at Oakton Community College, IL, USA
“The only thing constant is change. Evolution can feel like aspiration or like a myth. As a society and as individuals, we’ve made great and sometimes painful strides full of triumphs, discoveries and promise. And just as swiftly and interchangeably, we can devolve – facing our ugliest selves and bitter realities. This life is a dance and a struggle. At times we are weak, ready to give up, and in other moments or situations, we are empowered and strong, fighting for a new day. We are a complex mixture of awe, confusion, harmony, despair, irony, conflict, epiphanies, and love because we are exquisitely human, beautifully flawed. How did we get here? How have we pushed back, fought each other, taken up space, loved each other or given in to something bigger than us – for better or worse? Who are we now – as global citizens, as women, as providers, as Americans, as voters entering an election year, as lovers, as activists, and as individuals? Where are we going? And why does it even matter?”
“Resist” is about this pivotal historical moment. This global challenge is the consequence of decades and centuries of attempting to eliminate racism and the consequences of slavery and colonialism from our societies. The long history of police violence against blacks also involves women. People are offered a possibility of recreating the future and that has a political dimension. Whatever actions we take make a difference. Engaging in debate, documenting injustice, protesting or acts of civil disobedience are small actions that make every powerful social movement possible.