The Harrison Center presents the opening of Front Porch Civility, an exhibition that pairs original manuscripts dedicated to exploring themes of citizenship with art that interprets those themes. The show features a curated selection of original manuscripts from the extraordinary Remnant Trust collection; local artists will respond to, and interpret, the themes of the texts in art. Part of the aim is to highlight different experiences of citizenship in both Indiana’s and America’s history. For example, an original printing of Mary Wollstonecraft’s famous A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects will be paired with a local artist’s depiction of Madam C.J. Walker, a well-known civil rights activist but also a proponent of women’s rights and entrepreneurship. As another example, Plutarch’s Moralia will be paired with an oil painting of May Wright Sewall, a prominent Indianapolis suffragist but also a major proponent of women’s classical education. This exhibit invites visitors to engage all of their senses in a discussion of citizenship through the touch of the ancient manuscripts, the smell of the old books and the beauty of the art before them. Participating artists include Kyle Ragsdale, Alicia Zanoni, Benny Sanders, Kipp Normand, Johnny McKee, Courtland Blade and Abi Ogle.
Front Porch Civility runs in the Harrison Center’s City Gallery through the end of July. For hours and other information, visit www.harrisoncenter.org, call (317) 396-3886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program received funding from an Indiana Humanities Action Grant.