Exhibition dates: October 7 – October 29 , 2016
Opening reception: Friday, October 7, 6-8pm
Check below for additional public programs.

Artists: Josh Alan | Cecilia Clark | Jasmine Clark | Francis Crisafio | Daniel Cronin | Rodney Durso | Dan Gemkow | Ann Mansolino | Ruby McShane | Julie Perini | Stephen Spiller | Dan Tague | Mike Vos | Russ Widstrand

Selections by Claartje van Dijk, International Center of Photography, New York

About the exhibition:

On Democracy reflects a political landscape in today’s America that is fraught with chaos, confusion and contradiction. Collected in this exhibition are photographs and video by artists searching for the illusive American Ideal in unique ways. It demonstrates the iconography of freedom, a participation in true democracy, and the distortion of the current process. What is at stake is something that goes well beyond a voter in a booth making a simple choice—it is the American legacy and social identity. Works in the exhibition reflect the deep inequality inherent to our political and judicial system; the outsized role and power of capital in our lives; but also the humanity that drives American society in its complexity and beauty.

The works in On Democracy were culled from an online open call submission process and selected by Claartje van Dijk, Assistant Curator at the International Center of Photography in New York.


Related Public Programs:

All public programs are free, open to the public, and take place at Newspace (1632 SE 10th Ave), unless otherwise noted.

* Opening reception: Friday, October 7, 6:00-8:00pm.

* Reading Group: Politics are Depressing/Feelings are Political. A reading and discussion group on emotion as a political force and politics as an emotional arena. Led by Ariana Jacob (please note non-consecutive dates). View readings and reserve a spot at: feelingsarepolitical.eventbrite.com

Weekly Readings:

Saturday, October 8, 11:00am -12:30pm:

Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases, by Gregg Henriques (essay link)
Good For Nothing, by Mark Fisher (essay link)

Saturday, October 15, 11:00am -12:30pm:
We Are All Very Anxious, by The Institute for Precarious Consciousness (essay link)
(plus link to audio file of article being read)

Saturday, October 29, 11:00am -12:30pm:
Depression: A Public Feeling – Introduction, by Ann Cvetkovich (PDF link)

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at http://feelingsarepolitical.eventbrite.com

* Communal Presidential Debate-Watching: Wednesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00pm at LIKEWISE (3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd.). Let’s come together to watch the final presidential debate at Likewise bar!

Stay tuned for future public programs at bit.ly/NSupcoming

Images (top-bottom): Julie Perini, Altered States of America, 2016; Dan Tague, The End is Near, 2012. All images courtesy the artists.

About the Curator:

Claartje van Dijk is the Assistant Curator of Collections at the International Center of Photography in New York. She recently co-curated the exhibition Winning the White House: From Press Prints to Selfies, currently on view at the Southampton Arts Center and traveling to ICP at Mana Contemporary. In 2015 she coordinated the exhibitions Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 with collector W. M. Hunt, and the traveling exhibition Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris. She has served as juror of the ICP faculty exhibition Stories in the Social Landscape, and has been on the nominating committee for the ICP Infinity Awards. At ICP, Claartje conducts research on the over 150,000 historical and contemporary photos and objects in the Museum’s collection. She also manages, edits and contributes to Fans in a Flashbulb, the ICP Collections blog. Claartje was previously Management and PR Assistant at Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder in Amsterdam. She studied Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam.


Jennifer Rabin, “The Five Art Galleries We’re Most Excited to See at First Thursday,” Willamette Week, October 5, 2016

Rebecca Jacobson, “Fall Arts Guide 2016: What You Can’t Miss in Portland This Season,” Portland Monthly, August 15, 2016

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