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Brian Finke, Untitled (Football 106)
Image: © Brian Finke, “Untitled (Football #106),” 2002, Chromogenic print.

Two photographs from Brian Finke’s award-winning series “2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players” are included in the group show “New Americana: National Play” at Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana. The exhibition opened on August 5th and will run through October 1, 2016:

Distinctively American cultural expressions surface in active group participation and performance, like the gathering of civil war re-enactors, or in more common acts, like a community simply showing up to the bandstand for a summer concert. This exhibit explores contemporary versions of some commonly nostalgic parts of American culture. We look at ways that people express identity by participating in groups. In particular, we’ve become fascinated with groups located at a distinct intersection, a performed expression of identity, and something quintessentially American. But what does “American” mean in this context? Is it an aesthetic or an attitude, a tradition, a set of beliefs?

Brian Finke’s work will be on view alongside photographs by Don Russell, Eliot Dudik, Walker Pickering, Greta Pratt, Jason Reblando, and Katie Orlinsky.

“New Americana: National Play”
August 5 – October 1, 2016

Pictura Gallery
122 West 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
812.336.0000
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Browse Brian Finke’s work from “2-4-6-8: American Cheerleaders and Football Players”
Browse all of Brian Finke’s work at ClampArt

Blog post by:
Raechel McCarthy, Associate Director