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Amy Elkins, Brian Finke, Rachel Papo, Lissa Rivera, Amy Stein in "American Truth" at SVA Chelsea Gallery
Image: © Amy Stein, “Fast Food,” 2007, Digital C-print.

Photographs by Amy Elkins, Brian Finke, Rachel Papo, Lissa Rivera, and Amy Stein are included in the exhibition “American Truth” at SVA Chelsea Gallery in NYC. Curated by Jasmine Wahi, the exhibition will be on view November 16 – December 14, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 21st from 6-8pm.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents the return of its biennial alumni exhibition this fall at its Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor. On view from November 16 through December 14, American Truth* is a multi-centric survey of contemporary America through the lens-based work of a group of 20 artists. American Truth is curated by Jasmine Wahi, MFA Fine Arts faculty member at SVA and founder and co-director of Project for Empty Space, a nonprofit arts organization in Newark, New Jersey. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, November 21, from 6:00 – 8:00pm.

In American Truth, exhibiting artists present objects and images that reflect a multitude of American experiences. With a focus on the moments that are often missed, ignored, polemicized, made invisible, or even erased by the mainstream media, this exhibition explores our collective understanding of others and ourselves as people living in America.

“It is my hope that the work in American Truth inspires you and your biases, beliefs and truths to wrestle with what makes this time, space and place what it is today,” says Wahi. “The work is intentionally complicated, messy, edited and enhanced. It is a pastiche of events, lives, landscapes; of heartaches and joys; of grave and grotesque violence; of the utterly mundane and quotidian; of the filthy, visceral and pungent truths that make this country—the land of the imprisoned, the land of the slain, the land of the free—the multilayered place that it is.”

SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY

A panel discussion of the work, Truth & Reconciliation, will include artists Kathy Shorr, Melvin Harper, Brian Finke and Hector René Membreno-Canales. It will take place on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:30pm in the gallery. Free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the SVA Galleries website.