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


  • The Art Center 1957 Sheridan Rd Highland Park, IL 60035 USA (map)

March 3 – April 3, 2017
The Art Center
1957 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035
847 432-1888

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Sundays by appointment only.
Opening Reception, Friday, March 3, 2017 6:30-8:30pm

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Embedded MessagesDebating the Dream: Truth, Justice and the American Way

With Social Justice art and revving up for a tumultuous new presidential administration, eight female art activists examine social and political issues driving change in America and impacting life in America. The Art Center hosts this exhibition Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream: Truth, Justice and the American Way. The work communicates strong political declarations provoking and pressing for awareness and social change through art with compelling, narrative stories on contemporary issues. The works collectively ask the viewer—what is happening with America, can we still identify the American dream and if so, who does the dream apply to?

With polarized political parties and a divided nation with the news media focusing on sound bites with biased editorials rather than real news, “Embedded Messages” stimulates important dialog, casting a critical eye on social justice issues both as a reflection of American society and as statements on events domestic and international. This timely, provocative exhibition features artists Sally Edelstein, Justyne Fischer, Karen Gutfreund, Penny Mateer, Sinan Revell, Debra Thompson, Linda Vallejo and Margi Weir who have spent their careers focused on creating activist art.

Unified by topic, with “embedded messages” running throughout, this exhibition addresses racism, sexism, classicism, sexuality, gender identity, immigration, poverty, the environment, violence, and the ongoing wars. All is not as it appears on the surface, inviting the viewer to delve in closer to examine, ponder and discuss the inherent meanings to stimulate critical thinking and open pathways to potential answers and solutions. Reflecting their diverse backgrounds and distinctive approach to their mediums, the individual messages are delivered with irony, humor, compassion, defiance and strength; and when experienced together, invite conversations that will appeal to and engage a wide range of audiences. Join the Discussion—be curious, be informed, and be a change-agent.