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

In a damning touch of irony, the art exhibition seemingly ripped from the headlines, has actually been in the works for over three years. Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream, highlights the intersection of social injustice and the mythos of the “American Dream”. The original intent sought to engage a conversation to draw people out of a general denial that the American Dream is available to all. However, in this new political landscape, many of the underlying issues have risen to the surface in a way that could not have been imagined even a year ago.

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Eight Female Artists Throw Political Punches

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?

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In the galleries: Trump in poncho and sombrero, Clinton as a suffragette

Thomas Nast might weep — or laugh out loud. The great 19th-century political cartoonist could never have imagined a presidential campaign like the one that is, mercifully, about to end. But art must deal with the unimaginable, or at least try, so more than 40 painters, printmakers and graphic designers have addressed contemporary political issues in “Artists United!” The show, on display at the Busboys and Poets at Fifth and K streets NW, was organized by Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art.

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Current events at the heart of Pepper Art Gallery’s ‘Embedded Messages’

Female artists have spent their careers tackling societal topics — even taking the present tumultuous presidential race to heart, diving head-first into the discussion of social and political issues.

One of those efforts — “Embedded Messages, Debating the Dream: Truth, Justice and the American Way” — opens Tuesday in timely fashion at the University of Redlands’ Pepper Art Gallery. The show will continue through Nov. 12.

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