Creating Community: We Are All Here
We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races can make a home.Hillary Clinton
The place where an artist is based can significantly impact their work. Similarly, artists influence their communities in profound ways. With a focus on artists from North Carolina, Creating Community: We Are All Here explored the relationships between artist and place.
This installation considered the work of artists who immigrated to North Carolina, as well as those originally from the state, and the many ways that community may be represented through photography, sculpture and textiles.
Nearly half of North Carolina residents come from a different state or country. Visitors were encouraged to share a favorite memory about the places they come from on cards provided in the gallery. Moving to a new place can be an exciting and positive experience, but it can also be difficult. Visitors may also wish to share any surprises – good or bad – from a time when they were new to Durham.
Visitors were invited to sketch works of art in the gallery with provided materials at a sketching table. The Nasher Museum posted some of the finished drawings on social media. We also displayed visitors’ sketches on the Alcove Wall, around the corner from Creating Community: We Are All Here. Visit #creatingcommunity on Instagram to see sketches by other museum visitors.
Read a Book …
Our friends at Durham County Library loaned a small library of books, organized around the theme Creating Community: We Are All Here. Please settle in and enjoy a book at the Alcove Wall, around the corner from the gallery.
Watch a film …
Three videos featured some of the themes in Creating Community: We Are All Here, at the Alcove Wall, around the corner from the gallery.
Special thanks for help on this installation to Celia Donnelly from the Nasher Teen Council, Bull City Timber and Durham Public Library.