What is a home? Is it a physical space, a country, a state of mind? Or all of these combined? Freedom Forums: Conflict of Home considers how our realities in our neighborhoods and communities intersect to shape, threaten and enhance our perceptions of home.
Poet and social justice educator Ama Codjoe leads this reading, discussion and workshop event with presenters who will share and discuss works resonant with the theme: the award-winning poet and educator Victor Hernandez Cruz, Beneath the Spanish (2017); Jason Koo, More than Mere Light (2018); Ladan Osman, The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015); and Feminist Press’ Jisu Kim, acquiring editor of the publication Go Home!
June 27, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Artist Brian Tolle’s Eureka, a 40-foot-high sculptural Dutch façade is reminiscent of the slender gabled “canal houses” of 18th century New York, that were the vestiges of 40 years of Dutch rule. Eureka does not recreate identically the façade itself; rather it is the rippled reflection in the flowing waterway. Its display in Federal Hall is intended to evoke a reflecting hall of mirrors that suggests this site’s architectural and political history. Learn more.
Between 2011 and 2016 artist Mel Ziegler journeyed through all 50 states and replaced distressed American flags flying at civic and private locations — city halls, post offices, hospitals, homes, and schools — with new flags. These 50 tattered flags form a powerful artwork, Flag Exchange, which spans the geography of our union, and represents the spectrum of our allegiance. Learn more.
With Alexis De Veaux, Jericho Brown, Tina Chang & Aja Monet
The rhetoric of the past year’s presidential election cycle raised the specter of a divided America, the fallout and reverberations of which seem to threaten our basic democratic ideals and values. With fear and marginalization of the other on the rise, how can we rekindle our commitment to the ideal of freedom, and what does freedom in America even mean? Learn more.