Marcus Jansen, (American, b. 1968), Plot #2 (detail), 2018, Oil, enamels, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48 in., Given by Barbara and Theodore Alfond in honor of Anca Giurescu, Ena Giurescu Heller, and Eliane Heller - three generations of courageous and passionate communicators. 2020.35. © Marcus Antonius Jansen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Continuing through May 12, 2024

The Voice of the People:

Freedom of Speech

How do artists articulate visually the importance of communication and access to information in contemporary society? What is the role of free speech in a polarized political climate? In tandem with the 2023-2024 Rollins College Common Read theme, Political Polarization, this exhibition examines the ways in which freedom of speech shapes democracy and civic engagement. The exhibition features a selection of works from the collection that center freedom of speech as a pillar of productive political conversations by exploring multiple artistic perspectives, approaches, and media. Works by artists Pedro Reyes and Danh Vo consider notions of freedom, democracy, and politics, while Jenny Holzer, Kota Ezawa, Hank Willis Thomas, and Emily Shur address specific instances in which freedom of speech has been recently debated. Also included in the selection are works by Melvin Edwards, Josh Kline, Marcus Jansen, and Norman Rockwell.   

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Jenny Holzer, (American, b. 1950), 6 Text: U.S. government document, 2012, Oil on Linen, 84 7/8 x 65 3/4 x 2 3/4 in., The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Gift of Barbara '68 and Theodore '68 Alfond, 2015.1.10 © 2017 Jenny Holzer / Member Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, image courtesy of the artist

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