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Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream: Truth, Justice & the American Way


  • University of Redlands 1200 West Colton Avenue Redlands, CA, 92374 United States (map)


The Departments of Art, Creative Writing & Sociology, and the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies Present:
Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream: Truth, Justice & the American Way


University Art Gallery
October 18 - November 12, 2016
Reception: Wednesday, October 19, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Gallery Talk 5:15 pm
Featuring prominent art collector, critic and Emmy award winning journalist Charles Krause. Krause's interest in the art of protest, propaganda and political change developed over the course of his career as a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, CBS News and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

Truth, justice and the American way seem to be rapidly fading along with the notion of the American Dream. And American Exceptionalism is riddled with a lot of exceptions. The easy-on-the eyes mythology of America’s past injustices keep us in a troubling state of denial in the present unless we actively confront the barriers of racism, sexism, income inequality, and injustice that continue to impede full participation in the American Dream for many who feel disenfranchised. At the same time the American Exceptionalism continues to be sold to the public as we to see ourselves as the model for the world with American dreams to become global ones.

This exhibition featuring artists Sally Edelstein, Karen Gutfreund, Penny Mateer, Sinan Revell, Debra Thompson, Linda Vallejo and Margi Weir is particularly timely as we go into an election year. With polarized political parties and the absurdity of the news media focusing on sound bites with biased editorials rather than real news, this collection of art addressing issues of social justice stimulate dialog on truth, justice and the American Way. The work serves to educate and sensitize the viewer to various issues while conveying an underlying philosophy of collective responsibility and commitment to change


University Art Gallery
University of Redlands
1200 East Colton Ave Redlands, CA 92373

Gallery Hours: 1-5 pm Tuesday-Friday 2-5 pm Saturdays and Sundays Closed on Mondays.