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Exhibition: Fractured Narratives at Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 12, 2014
Fractured Narratives
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College
through January 4, 2015
Fractured Narratives features significant contributions by lens-based media, including photography and film; it also includes painting, sculpture, and sound by 14 artists from around the world including Dawoud Bey, Omer Fast, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, “Moris” Israel Moreno, Rivane Neuenschwander, Trevor Paglen, and Martha Rosler.  It draws from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art.  This exhibition is eloquent and jarring, for it breaks open the idea that narratives are one-sided or finite.  A narrative is merely a thread of events that reflects the perspective of the teller.  There is never one side to anything.  If the fewest number viewpoints we can uncover are only two, then we shall only rest uneasy knowing that if greater depth of counterpoints and contentions exist in a limited a field, strange alliances and complications must inevitably exist in more fractured ones.  We soon realize that nothing is black and white; everything is grey.  The complication of this upsets us, intrigues us, and compels us to keep looking, asking, turning over, and reexamining of all that we know and all that we have been told.  Add to this the stake of the exhibiting work's content and we find much to sift through.  This exhibition does not shy away from the political, cultural, psychological, and social challenges of our era, rather confronts them.  The exhibition forces us to recognize terrible truths and trespasses, and asks us to question established viewpoints.  Fractured Narratives doesn't point fingers; it illuminates.  What we do with these revelations is for us to know and live with.



To view the exhibition, preview online, or purchase a catalogue, please visit Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College



Image Information:


Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, Queens, New York)
The Birmingham Project: Janice Kemp and Triniti Williams, 2012
Archival pigment prints mounted on dibond
40 x 64 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Rena Bransten Projects

Tags:  “Moris” Israel Moreno  Alfredo Jaar  Amar Kanwar  An-My Lê  Cornell Fine Arts Museum  Dawoud Bey  Eric Gottesman  Fractured Narratives  Goshka Macuga  Jenny Holzer  Martha Rosler  Maya Lin  Omer Fast  Rivane Neuenschwander  Trevor Paglen  William Kentridge 

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