UNC Charlotte Center City’s Projective Eye Gallery will present an exhibition that encourages conversation across the lines of difference. “E Pluribus Unum” will be displayed Friday, Aug. 24, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
Through artistic expression, “E Pluribus Unum” will explore the experience of pluralism in America, conveying the concept that diverse traditions, perspectives and philosophies add value to the whole. E Pluribus Unum is Latin for “out of many, one.”
Freedom of speech is a constitutional right, and art has a history of use as a powerful forum for the presentation and exchange of political ideas. “E Pluribus Unum” is a gathering of diverse cultural vehicles and voices; it includes works by Michael Murphy of Georgia; the collaborative team Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese of New York; historical artists Arthur Mole and John Thomas; and Charlotte-based artists Barbara Schreiber, Grant Baldwin, Carrie Gault and Jason Michel.
An accompanying exhibition in the UNC Charlotte Center City plaza gallery space will present works chosen from the University’s J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Images by Charlotte Observer political cartoonist Eugene Payne and photographer Steve Pirelli and papers from the last four Charlotte mayors will be displayed.
In the building’s terraced garden, the curatorial consortium group Quasimodo will present a “sound salon installation,” with scrambled commentary gathered from several barbershop/hair salon sites during the Democratic National Convention. A five-story projection on the side of the UNC Charlotte Center City building will combine live, interactive programmatic responses with looping animation, video and still photographs. The Quasimodo group represents curators and organizers from the Mint Museum, the McColl Center for Visual Art, Winthrop University, UNC Charlotte and many other local artists.
A special opening reception for the public will be from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at UNC Charlotte Center City. This reception will include the melting “Trickle Down” ice sculpture by Ligorano/Reese, a spoken-word performance and remarks from the artists in attendance. Event partners, the Hip Hop Caucus, will provide additional entertainment in the upper atrium; Harvest Moon Grille will provide “farm-to-fork cuisine.”