All This Is True exhibition, Tweed Museum of Art

WHAT:        All This Is True: the art of Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott
 WHEN:        Opening Reception:         Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
                        Exhibition dates:              June 9 – September 18, 2016
 WHERE:        Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is proud to present a new exhibition titled All This is True: the art of Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott.
About the Exhibition:
As the United States moves through an election season like no other in its history, the Tweed Museum of Art presents the work of internationally renowned political artists Sue Coe and Warrington Colescott.  The exhibition includes work spanning the previous four decades, and yet the content is amazingly relevant for today, as our politicians fight for power and the question of truth doesn’t seem to matter much.
The exhibition includes pieces like Colescott’s At The Gun Shop which was created in 1992, depicting a frenzy to buy guns and ammo.  Today, both gun sales and gun deaths continue to rise in the U.S.  A piece by Coe from 1991 reads Healthcare Not Warfare. The same is said today by supporters of Obamacare.
The title of this exhibition, All This Is True, cuts both ways. It honors the “witnessing” approach of the artists and their reliance on actual events as source material. But it also wryly claims that these strange, surreal, and satirical artworks are “truth”.
Both artists address and are motivated by ethics at the practical level of what actually happens in society. They study the news, they discover systemic disturbing practices that never make the news, and they draw what they see. The artists’ viewpoints are opinionated: their art consists of personal, political statements about what they see and have seen. They internalize the darkness and translate it into art.
Special Event:
Curator’s talk, Thursday, July 21, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Curator John Schuerman will discuss the exhibit’s relevance to current events, share some stories from conversations he’s had with the artists, and offer his read on the artist’s motivations and perspectives. There will be time for Q & A, as well as group discussion if it arises.