This show is inspired by 60+ years of artists, from Jasper Johns, Faith Ringgold, Barbara Kruger, Nam June Paik to Dred Scott, David Hammons and Sarah Rahbar, transforming, responding, re-appropriating the American flag as an iconic graphic symbol and potent political message. We admire numerous group exhibits on the American Flag; the “People’s Flag Show,” Judson Memorial Church in NYC in 1970, “Old Glory” at the Phoenix Museum in 1996, and “For Whom it Stands” at the Lewis Museum in Baltimore in 2014 as well as many more recent gallery and pop up shows around the country.
The Broad Stripes and Bright Stars exhibit at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art highlights both the indelible graphic power of the American flag and its symbolic use in engagement, resistance and resilience. It includes a wide range of practices and perspectives from artists, both local and from around the country and beyond.
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars is curated by Dave Coon and Aicha Woods