Conceived of as a tool, Weight of a World presents artworks that elicit lessons to be learned – and to be taught – from global conflict, local lore, and cultural identity. Presented in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, Weight of a World comprises sculptures, paintings, film, and supplementary programming that pivot upon two vast, inextricable categories: history and identity. The works on view recognize the roles of individuals within the long arc of history: how we are formed by our contexts, and how we may impact what comes next.
As we are all enmeshed in the flow of time, we are all implicated in the making of history. Our connections to current conflicts occuring in distant corners of the world or even of our own city can feel just as remote as acts of mass violence in previous centuries – yet the logic and consequences of such situations reverberate through the power dynamics we experience on a daily basis. The artists featured in Weight of a World – Alison Ruttan, Deborah Stratman, and Orkideh Torabi – experiment within the boundaries of sculpture, film, and painting respectively in order to elucidate the tacit connections between ourselves and faraway others, between ourselves and the land we live upon, between ourselves and the power structures that propel our ways of being. In doing so, they subtly yet firmly suggest the possibility of destabilizing seemingly inevitable orders to reconfigure our world into an incrementally more just, more compassionate, more sustainable place.
During Weight of a World, artist and teacher Rebecca Keller will lead a group of creative thinkers in a generative project that adds to her ongoing endeavor Excavating History, and will yield responsive work to be presented at a closing event on September 14.
Featuring work by Alison Ruttan, Deborah Stratman, and Orkideh Torabi, with a program by Rebecca Keller.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but is appreciated!