Two exhibitions reflecting on concurrent themes in social justice and a conversation series exploring individual’s role in social activism.
On view at NYU's Kimmel Center:
60 Washington Sq. South
New York City, NY 10010
Mon - Sat: 8 AM to Midnight
Sunday: 1 PM to 9 PM
Kimmel Windows Viewable 24/7
I-THOU, is named so for Martin Buber’s book Ich und Du. Like Buber, this exhibition explores humanity’s relationships to one another on both an individual, and societal level. We seek to visually explore these concepts on what it means to "other". Othering, is defined as: "to view or treat (a person or group of people) as intrinsically different from and alien to oneself," and is considered by Tinnen to be the root cause of the ways in which we allow, justify, and facilitate systems of control.
The act of othering then creates hierarchies throughout society, contributing to the subjugating of demographics through systemic powers and institutionalized behaviors. Who, how, why and to what end these behaviors exist, speaks to how these belief systems have become intrinsic to certain systemic powers, at varying degrees and scope, relative to time and place.
Both exhibitions address topics of social justice and movements of change. Through portraiture and mixed media, artist Liam Alexander documents individuals entrenched in their activism; people who have dedicated their minds, bodies, and time to affecting change in their varied disciplines. Curatorially, we propose the overlapping and concurrent nature of these movements, as well as the cyclical relationship to cause-and-effect imperative to the problem. Through I/THOU, we offer an in-depth understanding of where we are at currently/locally, as well as where we are at globally through the lens of our own complicated, layered and painful histories. In bringing together these discussions, we hope to begin steps towards progressive solutions.
Calendar of Events
Join us for a series of conversations related to the exhibitions, their participants, and their causes and social activism.
See below for details:
The accompanying exhibition, taking place in the Stovall Family Galleries of the 8th floor of Kimmel, further explores the web of interconnected social imperatives through the visual narratives engaged by the curator. Themes of social activism and justice are examined through the lens of both the current and the historic; across the medium of photography, sculpture, installation, video, painting, and mixed media.
Works in Dialogue
Curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen
I-Thou is more than just an exhibit of my work. It is a collaboration with artists, activists and most importantly friend and human rights activist Daisy Bugarin and curator Pamela Jean Tinnen, to create a space to discuss some things that are important for our world community.
Like Buber, I’ve been exploring my own relationship to humanity, and my journey has led me to a new sense of responsibility as an artist to use my voice to speak about what matters most.
Martin Luther King said famously: “One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions.”
for too long, I have been one of those indifferent protectors. Now I am choosing to contribute to what I believe is important, and it is from this place that I have created my new work.
Hosted in Kimmel Windows, Alexander’s never-before-seen series of work features the portraits of 11 individuals who are making a difference in social justice and activism, right now. Prison reform, the environment, black lives matter, human rights, gender, LGBTQ rights and migrant/immigration issues are just some of the areas these individuals are working to create change.
A Series of Eleven Portraits
by Liam Alexander
In The Kimmel Windows
In The Stovall Family Galleries
A Note from the Artist
Liam Alexander and human rights activist Daisy Bugarin at the opening reception for I-Thou
Liam Alexander is an internationally exhibited fine artist and photographer working in the medium of collage. He is the winner of the CMA juried Artball competition, the recipient of the GLADD Top 100 Artists Award. In addition to solo exhibitions in New York, Liam’s work has been featured in gallery shows through out the United States, and internationally at the second annual Toolkit Festival in Venice, Italy.
Liam sits on the board of directors of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter
and is a graduate of Parsons School of Design. www.l-i-a-m.com