Special Visual Art Exhibit
“Do These Stripes Make Me Look Political?” Ramona Otto: A Retrospective Solo Exhibition.
Curated by Nancy Larrew.
In this special visual art exhibit, Otto challenges her audience to experience differing viewpoints in the context of one of the greatest symbols of the country, the American flag. A stunning collection of twenty mixed media, assemblage pieces, Otto’s bold, Americana inspired contemporary folk art uses toys, tiles, vintage jewelry, charms, ceramic fragments, tin scraps, postage stamps, concert tickets, keys, and other trinkets.
Through observation, discussion, and interaction, it is hoped that the audience will consider the artist’s viewpoint:
“When I grew up on a farm in Iowa in the 1950s, the American flag was a powerful symbol. I remember the pride we all felt when leading the daily Pledge of Allegiance at Washington #4, the country school a mile from my house . . . Today, it is often difficult for people to listen to and understand one another. I am nostalgic for conversations that end with a smile and “Let’s agree to disagree.” Old Glory has lost some of its former meanings and taken on new ones. I hope this retrospective is a collective in bringing the art of our flag and all it has meant to our consciousness.”
The National Endowment of the Arts has recognized the outstanding artistic merit of the Lubbock Arts Festival due to the exemplary art exhibit “Do These Stripes Make Me Look Political?” Ramona Otto: A Retrospective Solo Exhibition.”
This exhibit is made possible by the Helen Jones Foundation.