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"Living in Divided States" exhibition installation with UD artist Issa Randall and co-curator, Rodney Veal. The exhibition opens on Dec. 8. (Submitted photo)

"Living in Divided States" exhibition installation with UD artist Issa Randall and co-curator, Rodney Veal. The exhibition opens on Dec. 8. (Submitted photo)

‘Living In Divided States’ to open at Herndon

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The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College will premiere its exhibition, “Living In Divided States,” on Thursday, Dec. 8, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public, and the exhibition runs through Feb. 11.

More than 50 artists from different disciplines have work featured in the show. Each participating artist for “Living In Divided States” addressed a series of questions: “In these most divisive times of recent memory, where hate-filled rhetoric divides and fractures community and our sense of belonging, where we have ‘unfriended’ every dissenting voice in our Facebook feed and only curate in the news we want to receive, what has become of us? We are a nation divided and deeply entrenched. What does a post-election America look like? Where do we even begin?”

The exhibition is curated by Rodney Veal and Jennifer Wenker. The opening reception will include student performances organized by Yellow Springs installation artist and citizen activist Migiwa Orimo and Antioch College associate professor of performance Louise Smith, and a presentation of student projects from this quarter’s “Global Seminar: Divided States” course at Antioch.

“By bringing together artists from multiple perspectives and artistic practices, we hope to engage the audience in a sustained conversation about the state of our imperfect and currently fractured union, “ said co-curator Veal. “This is a personal and communal journey that only a gallery can help facilitate.”  

A program of related events at Herndon Gallery (except where noted) includes:

• Jan. 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m. —Performances and conversation with Furaha Henry-Jones and Umvikeli G. Scott Jones, Glenna Jennings, Issa Randall and more
• Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. —Performance by Crystal Michelle Perkins of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
• Jan. 27, 6:30–8 p.m. — “Friday Forum: Living in Divided States I” (Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College)
• Feb. 10, 6:30–8 p.m. — “Friday Forum-Living in Divided States II” (Coretta Scott King Center, Antioch College)
• Feb..11, noon–2 p.m. — “The Longest Table” community meal; space is limited, RSVP to jwenker@antiochcollege.edu.

The Herndon Gallery is located in South Hall on the campus of Antioch College. The gallery is open weekdays from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 7.

For more information about “Living in Divided States” and the Herndon Gallery, contact Jennifer Wenker at 937-319-0114 or jwenker@antiochcollege.edu, or visit the gallery online at antiochcollege.edu/herndon and on Facebook.
 

Living in Divided States exhibition installation with Michael Casselli's US/THEM mirrored disco ball in foreground, Umvikeil G. Scott Jones' "Suite for John Crawford, III" text in background being painted by Syvia Newsome. (Submitted photo)

Michael Casselli’s US/THEM mirrored disco ball in foreground, Umvikeil G. Scott Jones’ “Suite for John Crawford, III” text in background being painted by Syvia Newsome. (Submitted photo)

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