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Murmur of Democracy by Matthew Girson

Murmur of Democracy by Matthew Girson

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

This event is free. Reservations appreciated. 

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In conjunction with the exhibition Inquiry 01: Chicago Jewish Artists Fellowship, Spertus Institute hosts The Murmur of Democracy, one is a series of monthly group performances organized by artist Matthew Girson. During each performance audience members reflect on the successes and failures of democracy by reading and listening — to and for each other. Participants are encouraged to bring their own readings about oppression or the failures of democracy.

Previous texts, including poems, letters, testimonies, and speeches of survivors of hatred, bigotry, and sexism are catalogued in the archive of the website.

The site is named after a meeting on January 20, 1942, when 15 high-ranking Nazi officials met in Wannsee, a suburb of Berlin, to plan and implement the "Final Solution" to what they termed the "Jewish Question." This was the day that the systematic annihilation of Europe’s Jews was organized and made official as state policy. Commemorating this historical event provides an opportunity to stand together in our ongoing fight against hatred, bigotry, oppression, and violence.  

The Fellowship program is co-directed by Spertus Institute’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Ionit Behar and curator, writer, and educator Ruslana Lichtzier. The artists — who work in media including film, photography, performance, drawing, painting, and sculpture — have had opportunities to learn from leading scholars, visit artists’ studios, and work closely with objects from Spertus Institute's collections and archives.

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Matthew Girson, Murmurs of Democracy
Photo by Jordan Schulman

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