Group exhibition curated by Andrea Chung at San Diego City College 2.16.18

Art Exhibit & Reception: By(e) Default

By(e) Default is an exhibition curated by artist Andrea Chung.

Through the works of five contemporary artists and three poets, this exhibit challenges racial codings and engages in both the revision and celebration of Black History.

Elizabeth Axtman
Suzanne Broughel
Cortney Charleston
Lissa Corona
JC Lenochan
Jason Patterson
Claudia Rankine
Nicole Sealey

Exhibition dates: February 5 – 28, 2018
Artists Panel prior to reception: 12:45 – 2:00 pm in G102.
Moderator Denise Rogers, Ph.D., Professor, Art History

Light refreshments. Free parking during reception ONLY in LOT 10, across from the Flagpole. (See map)

Background image credit: JC Lenochan, Guess this is What Happens When Food Becomes Thought, 2011

Andrea Chung, Curator
By(e) Default aims to highlight an unconscious and contradictory thought. Whiteness is the default. But it denies that it is privileged, all while fearing the loss of its position as the “default.”

Whiteness is the standard for how we (and others) measure ourselves (and others). It goes unnoticed until it is deposed from its pedestal. White history is posited as American history, ignoring the full citizenship and contributions (voluntary or involuntary) of people of color in this country and the full context of their stories. It also dictates when we can acknowledge our history and when our opinions and expertise “matter.”

Through the works of 5 contemporary artists and 3 poets, By(e) Default will look at the heart of white anxieties and open dialogue for viewers to consider the role of whiteness in the revision and celebration of Black History, and who they benefit.


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