On Campus | Alumni
Where: Oglethorpe Museum of Art
When: Sun Oct 7 4pm – 9pm
Burden of Proof: National Identity and the Legacy of War is inspired by Tim O'Brien's book The Things They Carried, a fictionalized account of the author's time as an American soldier in Vietnam. The exhibition explores the juxtaposition of the American and Vietnamese experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Artists Dinh Q. Lê, Sheila Pree Bright, Keisha Luce and Kirk Torregrossa are featured. On view will be Bright's Young Americans c-print series (www.sheilapreebright.com), Luce's Sum & Parts sculpture series documented by Torregrossa (www.sumandparts.com), woven c-print pieces by Dinh Q. Lê (http://www.ppowgallery.com) as well as a selection of North Vietnamese propaganda posters from the Shelley and Donald Rubin Private Collection.Bright’s series depicts young adults with the American flag illustrating the often discordant relationship between Generation Y and their experience as Americans. Luce’s series is the culmination of a two month journey to Vietnam to create body castings people living with the long-term effects of Agent Orange. Torregrossa’s photographs document every step of the Sum & Parts journey. Lê’s c-prints employ a Vietnamese basket weaving technique to literally interweave experience reflecting the artist’s impressions as a child in Vietnam and as a young adult in California. The cultural, physical, and emotional dissonance which these artists explore raises many questions regarding the burden of war which crosses borders and is carried through generations.