You’re U.S.: The Exhibit
The Center for Contemporary Art, in partnership with “You’re U.S.,” will host, “At Home With America,” a multi-media traveling exhibition opening at its Bedminster, NJ location in fall 2014. The exhibition will present thirty “American Profiles” of subjects from across ten states, and is the first body of work created in an effort to collect profiles from all fifty states. Each American Profile consists of a portrait in oils accompanied by literary and audio biographies. An audio component will be available for smart phones by scanned QR Code.
Exhibition Opening Reception:
Friday, September 5, 2014 6-8 p.m.
September 5 – October 25, 2014
You’re U.S.: The Project
Founded in 2010 by Emile Klein, You’re U.S. is a NGO with a mission to create, “A history that every American can call their own.” Its core values are Accessibility, Trust, Inclusion, Collaboration, and Education, and its vision statement reads: “You’re U.S. collaborates with the country’s artists and craftsmen to create multi-media life stories that honor the varied populace of contemporary America.”
In 2010, reliving the tradition of a 19th Century American limner, artist Emile Klein began traveling through each American state by bicycle, painting portraits of selected subjects in exchange for the opportunity to live alongside them. This barter system creates equal opportunity art ownership to a wide variety of people in recognition that every person’s life experiences, perspectives, and lives are equally relevant and valued. Dual ownership of the portrait gives the option of borrowing it for exhibition purposes. Written and recorded elements complete the resulting “American Profile.” You’re U.S. has partnered with Pop-Up Archive and the New Jersey Digital Highway to preserve multimedia profiles and raw interviews.