Hope for the Union

Regardless of where you stand on certain issues, the current political climate is an intensely polarizing one. While some people hold out hope for the future, others express feelings of disenfranchisement. Some prefer to avoid newspaper headlines, while others like to shout as loud as they can about them. For "Hope of the Union," Altered Esthetics' latest exhibition, artists were asked to explore their political feelings, taking into consideration various opinions and stances. Some of the resulting works are disturbing, like Madeline Crew's photograph of a woman holding a gun in the dead of winter. Others are humorous, such as Jennifer Weigel's series showing elephants and donkeys getting drunker by the minute while enjoying each other's company. This is a nonpartisan show, so come with an open mind. The opening party will feature Pin the Tail/Tusk on the Donkey/Elephant and other election-themed shenanigans from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 1. There will also be an artists' discussion panel 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16. (Jennifer Weigel, Party Animals)
June 30-July 28, 2011

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