August 27 – October 18, 2018 Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery Gallery Talk: Thursday, September 20, 6pm Reception: Thursday, September 20, 5-7pm
Light Work is pleased to announce Be Strong And Do Not Betray Your Soul: Selections from the Light Work Collection. The exhibition is guest curated by former Light Work Artists-in-Residence Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. Gottesman and Thomas co-founded For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States, in 2016. Since then, For Freedoms has produced exhibitions, town hall meetings, billboards and public art to spur greater participation in civic life.
Be Strong And Do Not Betray Your Soul features over forty photographs from the Light Work Collection. The list of artists includes: Laura Aguilar, George Awde, Karl Baden, Lois Barden and Harry Littell, Claire Beckett, Charles Biasing-Rivera, Samantha Box, Deborah Bright, Chan Chao, Renee Cox, Rose Marie Cromwell, Jen Davis, Jess Dugan, John Edmonds, Amy Elkins, Nereyda Garcia Ferraz, Jennifer Garza-Cuen, Antony Gleaton, Jim Goldberg, David Graham, Mahtab Hussain, Osamu James Nakagawa, Tommy Kha, Pipo Nguyen-Duy, Deana Lawson, Mary Mattingly, Jackie Nickerson, Shelley Niro, Suzanne Opton, Kristine Potter, Ernesto Pujol, Irina Rozovsky, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Kanako Sasaki, Pacifico Silano, Clarissa Sligh, Beuford Smith, Amy Stein, Mila Teshaieva, Brian Ulrich, Ted Wathen, Carrie Mae Weems, Carla Williams, Hank Willis Thomas, Pixy Yijun Liao.
This exhibition coincides with The 50 State Initiative, an ambitious new phase of For Freedoms Fall 2018 programming, during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners, including Light Work, who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions, and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, these exhibitions, and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action