“In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes” –Andy Warhol
Accept Artwork: April 19 (11:30-6) and 20 (11-5)
Opening Reception: April 26 (6-8)
This show invites artists to explore the power of symbolic imagery and the legacy of humanity’s pursuit of the ideal in representative form. From the surprisingly evocative cave paintings of our distant ancestors, to the opulent religious iconography of the Middle Ages, to the carefully crafted image of the modern pop star, we ask artists to consider the beguiling and enigmatic power of the icon. When does icon become idol? When does admiration morph into obsession? And when does identification with the symbol itself usurp the power of the idea it stands for? Our favorite brands, our familiar flags, our colorful ribbons for causes: these things can become little badges proclaiming our identities and our ideals, real or aspirational, but do they really define us? Amidst the visual panoply of the digital age, we ask artists to help us take a closer look, to reflect on the iconography that is all around us, and consider the ways we are shaped by it.