20 Lessons from 20th Century History Artists and Designers on Civic Involvement

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20 Lessons from 20th Century History

Artists and Designers on Civic Involvement

Exhibit runs: January 4 – 28, 2017

Public reception: Tuesday, January 10, 6 – 8 PM


Lowell MA: Arts organizer Mary Hart is pleased to announce an exhibit of poster art based on the lecture “20 Lessons from 20th Century History” by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder.  

The exhibit will be hosted in the main gallery at Lowell Telecommunications Corp (LTC) at 246 Market Street in downtown Lowell.

Artists have a long history of political involvement, and these times, with politics in the air, are no different. This exhibit examines what our responsibilities are as citizens through the lens of artists. 

Each artist was assigned one of the points or lessons, such as ‘defend an institution’ or ‘be kind to our language’ and allowed to create a work that brought the lesson to life. The work had to include the words of the lesson phrase and it had to fit into a 16” x 20” format…simple, right?  But big ideas are elusive and sometimes hard to illustrate.   

As the artists struggle to make dry words into gripping reality it becomes a good exercise in art making.  More importantly, is shows how to communicate the urgency of being an active participant in our democracy, not a bystander.

The exhibit, coordinated by Middlesex Community College adjunct Mary Hart, features a variety of media and abstract and concrete approaches.

“If people are moved as they look at the art and read the captions,” says Hart, “then we have been a success.”

The public is invited to an open reception to meet the artists on Tuesday, January 10, from 6-8 PM. Light refreshments will be served.   

The gallery at LTC is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 to 9 PM. and Saturday 10 to 2 PM.

LTC is located at 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA. 


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