Revealing an Invisible Hand. Art Exhibition examines the experience of poverty. Opening May 22 (through July 25, 2015).
David Weinberg Photography presents, An Invisible Hand, a thought-provoking art exhibition that explores the diverse experiences of poverty. The show is curated in collaboration with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. All exhibition revenue supports this partner organization and the contributing artists.
A free public opening reception will be held May 22, 5-8 pm at David Weinberg Photography, 300 W. Superior Street, #203, Chicago, Illinois.A special media preview will be held Thursday May 21 from 10 am to 12 pm.
The exhibition title, An Invisible Hand, originates from Adam Smith, the father of modern economics,who used the term to describe the unintended social benefit that can result from one’s self-interested behavior. However, this behavior all-too-often promotes unintended, detrimental,sometimes even catastrophic consequences for societyas well. An Invisible Hand includes the work of 96 Acres, Patricia Evans, Jeremiah Jones, Dave Jordano, Lisa Lindvay, Billy McGuinness, John Preus, David Schalliol, and Lisa Vinebaum.
The exhibition features photography, sculpture, video, and sound that investigate the topic of poverty from many perspectives. Says Curator Meg Noe, “The Shriver Center understands that the reality of poverty is unique to each individual experiencing it. Similarly, an exhibition attempting to explore such complexities cannot be comprised of a single discipline or format. In attempting to illustrate the work of The Shriver Center, this exhibition seeks to convey clear proof of the intricacies of poverty.”
An Invisible Hand examines how societal factors play a role in people’s daily lives, as it documents, protests, and defies media stereotypes of people living in poverty. It also celebrates socially engaged art and the empowerment of individual action.Its eclectic assortment of works, while often distinctly disparate in method and aesthetic, ultimately comes together to tell the complicated story of poverty on both its individual and systemic levels. A neon sign and the bold letters ofworkers’ rights protest signs are in direct dialogue with the subjects of an experimental documentary on migrant workers in North Dakota. Two photo-documentary projects address the history of the Chicago Housing Authority through the lens of architectural and sociological studies, while another two photo series reveal what the photographers saw when they pointed their cameras homeward. Audio works, material studies on canvas and custom furniture fashioned out of reclaimed materials each address specific communities on the ground in direct engagement with their residents and their practical needs.
“The body of work represented by these artists is an aesthetic tour de force and an impetus for difficult conversations about poverty,” says gallery owner David Weinberg. “We are honored to collaborate with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, a national leader pursuing justice for people living in poverty. In addition to showcasing important works of art, it is mission-imperative that our gallery serves as a catalyst for community and educational development and engagement, spurring action on issues of social justice.”
“Poverty—its aspects, the people who live in it, everything about it—can be so varied and complex that it defies the ability of words to describe it,”saysJohn Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.“The fight against poverty depends on public understanding and concern. The Shriver Center is excited that David Weinberg Photography is deploying art to convey truths about poverty in ways beyond words and to speak to audiences we have not reached before.”
David Weinberg website: http://d-weinberg.com/