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Pledges of Allegiance

July 2017 – July 2018
USF Contemporary Art Museum

 

RELATED EVENTS:

Wednesday, February 14, 10-10:30am, USFCAM
Pledges of Allegiance Flag Raising

 

PANEL DISCUSSION VIDEO
Watch the September 21 Pledges of Allegiance Panel Discussion on Unity, Divisions, and Spaces for Intersection on YouTube.

PRESS
Creative Loafing’s profile of Pledges of Allegiance examines how the national public art initiative presented by Creative Time creates unity around the personal and political freedoms of expression, life, liberty and justice for all. Read the article here.

To follow the Pledges of Allegiance project in its entirety, visit the Creative Time site.

USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) is a participating institution in Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide, year-long public art project featuring a serialized commission of flags created by acclaimed artists and presented by New York-based public art nonprofit Creative Time. Conceived in response to the current political climate, Pledges of Allegiance aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions, and begin articulating the urgent response our political moment demands.

Throughout the year, USFCAM will mount a different artist-designed flag each month in coordination with Creative Time’s national public art initiative. Each flag embodies art’s ability to channel political passion, providing a symbol of allegiance around which to unite, as well as a call-to-action for institutions nationwide to raise upcoming Pledges of Allegiance flags in solidarity. This month, the flag was raised at USFCAM and the following four locations simultaneously: Creative Time headquarters at 59 E 4th Street and The Queens Museum in New York, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

Participating artists in Pledges of Allegiance include Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.

USFCAM's participation in Pledges of Allegiance is made possible in part with generous support from the Gobioff Foundation.

 

CREATIVE TIME
Creative Time, the New York based public arts non-profit, is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our time. Creative Time presents the most innovative art in the public realm, providing new platforms to amplify the voices of artists, including the Creative Time Summit — an international conference convening at the intersection of art and social justice.

Since 1974, Creative Time has produced over 350 groundbreaking public art projects that ignite the imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and engage millions of people around the globe. The non-profit that since its inception has been at the forefront of socially engaged public art seeks to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire and challenge the public. Creative Time projects stimulate dialogue on timely issues, and initiate a dynamic experience between artists, sites, and audiences.

To promote the project via social media use #PledgesofAllegiance and tag @CreativeTimeNYC (Instagram) & @CreativeTime (Twitter)


Currently On View

Pedro Reyes
Hands on With a Vision, 2017

Reyes offers the flag of the pUN, the People’s United Nations, an experimental conference that applies tools and resources from social psychology, theater, art, and conflict resolution to geopolitics. Unlike the real UN, where delegates are appointed by states and act as career diplomats, the people’s UN welcomes individuals who are connected by family ties or birth to the nations represented at the UN.

“The flag of pUN is inspired by the hamsa (which literally translates to ‘five’ from Arabic),” says Pedro Reyes. “This right palm with an eye at the center of it has been a symbol of protection across cultures and millennia, originating in Africa and predating Christianity and Islam. Workers’ and peoples’ movements have often been represented by a hand, sometimes holding a tool or closed in a fist. Here, the hand is open, and its five fingers represent the world’s five populated continents This benignant hand placed over an orb is meant to signal our mission to protect the planet. We invite you to join us.”

About the Artist
Pedro Reyes was born in Mexico City in 1972. He has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues. Through a varied practice utilizing sculpture, performance, video, and activism, Reyes explores the power of individual and collective organization to incite change through communication, creativity, happiness, and humor. In the spring of 2014, the exhibition CAM@25: Social Engagement, included Reyes’ Imagine (2012), a sculptural installation of musical instruments created from firearms—including revolvers, shotguns and machine guns—crushed by tanks and steamrollers to render them useless. In conjunction with the exhibition, Reyes conducted a Legislative Theatre Workshop, inviting participants to revise the Second Amendment, which included a live performance of the instruments. In the fall of 2016, Creative Time presented Pedro Reyes’s Doomocracy, a house of political horrors, at the Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Pedro Reyes’ Hands On With A Vision is on view January 16th, 2018 – February 14th, 2018 at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
California College of the Arts, 1111 8th St, San Fransisco, CA
The Commons, in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
Texas State Galleries, 233 West Sessom Drive, San Marcos, TX
The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th Street, Omaha, NE
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Ann Hamilton
Fly Together, 2017

Fly Together incorporates recurring themes in Hamilton’s work – birds, indigo, suspensions, fabric, fragility, ephemerality, and thread – all elements that evoke questions of space, collective voice, communities past and labor present, memory, and imagination. With two songbirds holding the cloth between their beaks, Hamilton explores the potential made possible through our own mutual cooperation. She asks, “ Using their mouths as we use our hands, perhaps they hold a piece of the sky? We see that to carry the cloth’s weight, to allow the cloth’s movement, they must hold with gentleness and tenacity. They must work and fly together.”

About the Artist
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surroundings of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. In 2016, Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum hosted habitus, a solo exhibition by Hamilton that took place across three sites. Among her many honors, Hamilton has been the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, Heinz Award, MacArthur Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, and the Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She represented the United States in the 1991 Sao Paulo Bienal, the 1999 Venice Biennale. Hamilton has been commissioned for major projects, including the Waterfront Seattle (upcoming), and her work has exhibited extensively around the world.

Ann Hamilton’s Fly Together is on view December 13th, 2017 – January 15th, 2018 at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY
Ferrovia Studios, 17 Railroad Ave, Kingston, NY
Texas State Galleries, 233 West Sessom Drive, San Marcos, TX
The Commons, in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS
The Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N 24th Street, Omaha, NE
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ

Yoko Ono
Imagine Peace, 2017

IMAGINE PEACE is a concept born from Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s tireless work as peace activists, beginning with their 1973 proposal of ‘Nutopia,’ a world of without borders. Since its inception, Ono has manifested IMAGINE PEACE in over 24 languages, as billboards, posters, newspaper advertisements, badges, tweets, and countless other media, to share this message of peace with the global community. In 2007 Ono created the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER on Viðey Island off the coast of Reykjavík, Iceland, a tower of beaming light, which represents wisdom and love, and acts as a beacon for all those wishing to contribute to world peace. This flag continues Ono’s ever-growing peace campaign, perhaps now more timely than ever.

About the Artist
Yoko Ono is a multi-media artist working in performance, instruction, film, installation, music, and writing. A forerunner in conceptual art involving collaboration, audience participation, and social activism since the early 1960s, Ono challenges viewers’ understanding of art and the world around them.

Yoko Ono’s IMAGINE PEACE is on view November 7th – December 13th, 2017 at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY
Ferrovia Studios, 17 Railroad Ave, Kingston, NY
California College of the Arts, 1111 8th St, San Fransisco, CA
Texas State Galleries, 233 West Sessom Drive, San Marcos, TX
City of Bloomington, Indiana, Seminary Park, 546 S College Ave; City Hall, 401 N Morton St; and Rosehill Cemetery, 1100 W 4th St
The Commons, in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, KS

Jayson Musson
A Horror, 2017

Musson’s flag forces the viewer to engage in an all too befitting commentary on our political present. “While Walter Benjamin referred to the history of civilization as a history of barbarism, Jayson Musson sees this phenomena in the spirit of SAW, Leprechaun 2, and The Exorcist.” said Nato Thompson, Artistic Director at Creative Time.

“I find patriotism lazy; I was born Here, therefore Here is great,” said Jayson Musson. “Patriotism is a part of the progression of history in which a few mighty sovereign states crushed nearly the entirety of the globe underfoot in pursuit of their inalienable rights which more often than not, was simply the pursuit of riches.”

About the Artist
Brooklyn-based artist Jayson Musson burst onto the scene in 2010 in the form of his online hip-hop alter ego, Hennessy Youngman, offering hilarious and strident discourses on contemporary art and its discontents through his video series, Art Thoughtz, which quickly became an Internet phenomenon. In his non-video work, he also works in the productive gap between high and low culture. In writing, performance and visual art that incisively satirizes and confuses pop culture and the art world, Jayson Musson provokes the boundaries that define cultural stereotypes. Musson's consideration of a public extends beyond the confines of art institutions, deliberately entering the open arenas of mass media. Musson’s latest solo exhibition, Demon All Day, opened in May at Salon 94 in New York City.

Jayson Musson’s A Horror is on view at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY

Robert Longo
Untitled (Dividing Time), 2017

Longo’s Untitled (Dividing Time) is based on the artist’s 2016 large-scale charcoal drawing, exhibited in Longo’s “The Destroyer Cycle” exhibition at Metro Pictures in New York City. The drawing titled Untitled (Nov. 8, 2016) was completed the day of therecent presidential election. The two-panel drawing of the American flag is separated by five inches between the left panel and right panel, the latter measures slightly larger than the former. This monumental work reflects the current symptomatic divide in the United States.

About the Artist
Robert Longo (b. 1953) is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, and musician. He was among the five artists included in the seminal 1977 exhibition Pictures at Artists Space in New York. Longo has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial. He has had several retrospective exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice. His latest solo exhibition, “The Destroyer Cycle” opened in May at Metro Pictures in New York City. Alongside Kate Fowle, Longo recently co-curated the exhibition at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, “PROOF: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo,” which travels to the Brooklyn Museum in September 2017. Robert Longo lives and works in New York and is represented by Metro Pictures, NYC; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg; and Capitain Petzel, Berlin.

Robert Longo’s Untitled (Dividing Time) is on view at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, 1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY

NARI WARD
BREATHING FLAG, 2017

Ward’s Breathing Flag references Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) flag combined with an African prayer symbol known as a Congolese Cosmogram, representing birth, life, death and rebirth. Ward explains, “several of these hole patterns are drilled into the floorboards of one of the oldest African-American churches in the United States in Savannah, Georgia. It is believed that the drilled pattern functioned as breathing holes for runaway slaves who, hiding under the floor, awaited safe transport north.” He continues, “the union of that moment and of Garvey’s black nationalist flag acknowledge the resilience of the human spirit to survive even as we continue the need to remind America that Black Lives Matter.”

Link to Vilcek Foundation video of Nari Ward speaking about his practice and influences

About the Artist
Nari Ward was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and lives and works in New York. He graduated with a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College in 1989 and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College in 1992. Ward’s work has been widely exhibited on an international level, including solo exhibitions at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL (2015); and elsewhere. Ward’s solo exhibition G.O.A.T., again is currently on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City.

Nari Ward’s Breathing Flag is on view at:
- Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
- Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Corona, NY
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
- 21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
- USFCAM, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL

TANIA BRUGUERA
DIGNITY HAS NO NATIONALITY, 2017

Reimagining a more just and fluid global cartographic context, Tania Bruguera’s flag offers a vision for dignity of all peoples — regardless of citizenship and national territorial belonging.

About the Artist
Tania Bruguera was born in Havana, Cuba in 1968. Bruguera choreographs performances that question the possibility of political representation and attempt to collapse the distance between art and life, eroding institutionalized injustice and prejudicial hierarchies in the process. Bruguera is preparing to intervene in the 2018 Cuban elections in collaboration with Otro18.

Creative Time has previously worked with Tania Bruguera on Immigrant Movement International and the Creative Time Summit.

Tania Bruguera’s Dignity Has No Nationality was on view at:
- Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
- 67 Hudson Street, NY, NY
- USFCAM, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL