Peripheral Views: States of AmericaJul 13 — Sep 30, 2012

  • Martin Hyers & William Mebane, from the series Empire, 2006

  • Michael Mergen, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Richmond, CA, 2008

  • Doug Rickard, #82.948842, Detroit, MI. 2009

Featuring works by:

  • Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin
  • Veronica Corzo-Duchardt
  • Martin Hyers & William Mebane
  • Liz Magic Laser
  • Michael Mergen
  • Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
  • Object Orange
  • Doug Rickard
  • Harry Shearer

As we debate our country’s economic and political course in this election year,Peripheral Views: States of America brings together artists grappling with the difficulty of picturing the United States in our time. Authoritative imagies and grand narratives give way to malleable viewpoints in this exhibition, with each artist using photography as a means to take measure of our bearings and locate certain markers—past, present, and future—within the American Dream. By using diverse and fragmented images of America as barometers of the social climate, might we create a larger view of the state of this nation? Through closely focusing on the everyday objects, places, and images of the present and immediate past, can latent hopes and desires for an America full of opportunity be revealed?

America's Competitive Edge and its Global Standing with Michael Mergen from MoCP, Columbia College Chicago on Vimeo.

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