Common Experience shows off spring exhibit

A Century of Resistance: Examining American Dissent Since WWI
As a veteran and an alumni, I'm worried that this year's Common Experience theme '100 Years of Conflict' might end up being the typical yellow-ribbon-wrapped pat on the back— without really touching on any of the issues affecting our country or our veterans.

"A Century of Resistance: Examining American Dissent Since WWI," the spring installation exhibit in the Gallery of the Common Experience at Texas State University, is ready for the Spring 2017 semester and is holding its opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. 

The show features work by local artists, students, alumni and veterans curated by local artist Kelsey Huckaby. One particular collection of work included in the gallery is the "Just Seeds, Celebrate People's History" portfolio highlighting key ideas, moments, projects, tactics and individuals from IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against War) history in order to uplift IVAW’s ongoing struggle, inspire others and preserve the movement’s history for future generations.

Contributing local artist Malachy Muncy professes, "As a veteran and an alumni, I'm worried that this year's Common Experience theme '100 Years of Conflict' might end up being the typical yellow-ribbon-wrapped pat on the back— without really touching on any of the issues affecting our country or our veterans. There's the story of the battle and the battle of the story, a lot of narratives are lost in the latter." He goes on to say, of his own work on display in the exhibit, that he feels "like veterans are expected to be like recruitment posters," adding he aims to"frame recruitment narratives as a tool to challenge those narratives." 

The reception is open to the public and the showcase will be held through May 22.

 

• Submitted By Kelsey Huckaby

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