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We Hold These Truths Exhibition

We Hold These Truths – Virtual Tour

About the Exhibition

Exhibition dates in gallery: Opens October 16, 2020, in Brooks Stevens Gallery (View in person by appointment only. Contact Mark Lawson at or 414-847-3350 to schedule an appointment.)

Virtual exhibition dates: Opens October 16, 2020

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

The opening lines from the Declaration of Independence serve as an entry to think about the world and the state of democracy at this moment. With the U.S. Presidential Election this year, MIAD is exhibiting its first juried faculty and staff exhibition showcasing work that explores the idea of political truth: What are political truths? Is political truth possible?

This exhibition is juried by Hank Willis Thomas, Emma Nuzzo and Evan Walsh through their organization, For Freedoms, co-founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman in 2016. For Freedoms is a national platform that uses art to deepen public discourse on political and community issues. It is an artistic collective of over 700 artists and 250 institutions in all 50 States, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico that inspires civic engagement through creative thinking and action. This exhibition is a component of For Freedoms’ Great Awakening 2020 project. 

Work by the following seven artists is on view in the exhibition:

  • James Barany
  • Joe Boblick
  • Jamál Currie
  • Jon Horvath
  • Mark Lawson
  • Melissa Mursch-Rodriguez
  • Haerim Lee