Opening Wednesday, September 21st, from 6PM - 7:30PM
On view through Saturday, October 1st
As part of the ACLU of Illinois’ We the People Engagement Series, and in collaboration with the Weinberg/Newton Gallery, on Wednesday September 21, 2022, 2nd Story will proudly present All that Glows: A Night of Storytelling on Democracy, a special performance of first-person stories that examine our individual understanding of democratic values, how we put democracy into practice, and what we can do to activate democracy as part of our everyday lives. The stories presented will reflect a wide range of perspectives, and will be hybrid, allowing for both in-person and virtual participation.
Registration for this event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm, and the show begins at 6pm at the Weinberg/Newton Gallery.
About the exhibition
Pushing beyond the rhetoric, All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy does not presume there is a universal definition of democracy. Instead the artists offer various entry points into the elusive term via different modes of sensory engagement – light, sound, text and touch – presenting the viewer with tangible ways not only to reflect, reconsider, and respond, but also to listen to a diverse range of viewpoints with diligence and care.The flag, video, sculpture, and interactive installations in this group exhibition invite us to think critically about and imagine alternate realities for our elections, our national symbols and monuments, our public as well as our private spaces. In challenging the status quo, All that Glows in the Dark of Democracy demonstrates an unflagging commitment to hope fueled by an insistence on action. It reminds us that progress is ongoing, that it takes many forms, and its light flares on multiple planes, from the living room to the city block, from the national to the global stage, both on the ground and in the collective imaginary.
— Kasia Houlihan
Alejandro T. Acierto, Kandis Friesen, Hannah Givler, Aram Han Sifuentes, Ariana Jacob, Aay Preston-Myint
Presented in collaboration with the ACLU of Illinois, this exhibition will kick off the organization’s Engagement Series on Democracy: We the People, an effort to counter the “us versus them” mentality that has permeated the current political climate by asking: Do not tell us what you are against; tell us what you are for.