Ongoing Matter opens at the Cook Center on Feb. 5, 2021
(Bloomington, Indiana, January 26, 2021) -The Gayle Karch Cook Center celebrates its opening with the exhibition Ongoing Matter, a multi-platform, traveling collection of new poster designs that mobilizes political engagement. An online opening reception will take place on facebook live on Friday, February 5 at 5pm.
This exhibition encourages engagement with the Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, or, as it is more colloquially known, the Mueller Report. These contemporary poster designs seek to make the Report accessible, and thus make the possibility of genuine, thoughtful, and passionate engagement with its findings possible. The show illuminates the major threats to democracy cited in the Mueller Report. The collection has travelled to several venues, including the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Michigan, and Cleveland State University Galleries in Cleveland, Ohio. A living showcase of current political artefacts, Ongoing Matter seeks to empower citizens at a crucial moment in the democratic experience (post-2020 presidential elections). As graphic designers, the artists in this exhibition consider their charge one of emancipation: using the art of communication to reveal, persuade, and propel action. This project is non-partisan; even if the audience has varied ideologies, the ultimate goal is to energize citizens to participate in their own democracy. Ongoing Matter is concerned with preserving democracy, protecting integrity, and sharing knowledge.
For more information, visit: www.ongoing-matter.org
- Rafael Barahona
- Jessica Barness
- Mikey Burton
- Kelly Dorsey
- Brian Edlefson
- Sarah Edmands Martin
- Jordan Kauffman
- Anne H. Berry
- Marie Bourgeois
- Andre Murnieks
- Sarah Rutherford
- Kelly Walters
- Jenn + Ken Visocky O’grady
This exhibition is supported by Indiana University’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, Indiana University’s Arts and Humanities Council, and the Ohio Arts Council. We would also like to thank the artists involved for making this exhibition possible.
ABOUT THE GAYLE KARCH COOK CENTER
The Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts & Humanities is a multidisciplinary hub for research and creative activity on the IU Bloomington campus, as well as a space for exhibitions, performances, conferences, and more. The Center houses several complementary units on the Bloomington campus, including the IU Arts and Humanities Council, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, Traditional Arts Indiana, Platform: An Arts and Humanities Research Laboratory, and IU’s new BookLab. The Cook Center seeks to make transformative experiences in the arts and humanities accessible to all people on campus, in the city of Bloomington, and throughout Indiana.
The Cook Center is open Tuesday-Friday 10:00pm – 4:00pm, and is open extended hours on Thursdays, until 7pm. The Center is closed weekends. Class visits and groups should contact Gerard Pannekoek, Program and Operations Coordinator, IU Arts & Humanities Council, firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a tour or appointment. The Cook Center is accessible to people with disabilities.
For more information on the Center at Indiana University, please visit https://artsandhumanities.indiana.edu/cook-center/index.html