Weinberg/Newton Gallery, a non-commercial gallery dedicated to promoting the work of social justice causes, will present the exhibition Anthem online and in the gallery’s storefront windows this September. Available for viewing at http://anthem.weinbergnewtongallery.com, the exhibition is presented in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union and will examine voting rights in the United States of America through the works of contemporary artists Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi.
Planned to coincide with the 2020 election cycle and the November presidential election, Anthem will look past partisan divisiveness and focus on the issue of voting as a fundamental right. Curated by Weinberg/Newton Gallery Co-Director Kasia Houlihan, the works on view in the exhibition will examine familiar emblems of American patriotism, along with experiences of collective identity and acts of resistance. Four poems by sociologist, author, poet and Chicago native Eve L. Ewing are included. A window installation by Ellen Rothenberg, viewable in the gallery storefront from Milwaukee Avenue, will showcase historical and contemporary images related to the voting rights movement in the U.S. over the past two centuries. Rothenberg’s installation continues online, where visitors will be able to click and discover related supplementary media. Anthem will also be updated throughout the run of the show, with Naima Green contributing regular installments of Open Tabs Piece (2020).
Image: Mike Gibisser, Blue Loop, July (film still), 2014