Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity

Date: February 19, 2022 - June 19, 2022 at 10am - 4pm

Presented By: Worcester Art Museum

More than 40 contemporary artists share diverse perspectives on identity, using their artwork as a means of storytelling, protest, and celebration.

Presented across two galleries and covering a broad spectrum of media, Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity will feature significant loans and rarely-seen objects from the Worcester Art Museum’s permanent collection. Highlights include works by Byron Kim, Roberto Lugo, María Magdelena Campos-Pons, Shirin Neshat, and Lorna Simpson.

Addressing identity as a socio-political issue has been a central theme for artists since the 1970s. Us Them We | Race Ethnicity Identity will consider the ways that contemporary artists accentuate concepts like race and ethnicity through various visual strategies. Four formal devices serve as the foundation for the exhibition: Text, Juxtaposition, Seriality, and Pattern. This exhibition demonstrates how these organizing principles serve as a common tool through which personal and communal social status are explored.

Presented in collaboration with Clark University, this exhibition also features student artwork created in response the works on view.


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Byron Kim, American, Synecdoche: Danielle Brunner, Dominic Shamyer, Ella Kim, George Gountas, Glenn Ligon, Jay Patrikios, Johannes Gachnang, Joanna Bossart, Joseph Benjamin, Konrad Tobler, Kyle Wilton, Louis Barney, Lourdes Mercado, Luciano Berti, Marc Pia, Marvin Siegel, Miguel Maldonado, Niki Hosig, Remy Pia, Roland Fellmann, Rosa Duran, Ruth Libermann, Sean Casey, Susann Bossart, Vijay Kapoor, 1992 – 1998, wax and oil on panel, Collection of Noel Kirnon. © Byron Kim 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York.

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