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Finite Disappointment/Infinite Hope Exhibition
Start Date: 1/18/2018
End Date: 1/18/2018
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Event Description:

The exhibition Finite Disappointment / Infinite Hope by contemporary Washington DC-based photographer, and ETSU alumni Gediyon Kifle, at the Reece Museum, beginning on January 17, 2018 through March 23, 2018, is in tribute to, and in commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing saga for justice and racial equality. The exhibition provides an innovative and educational retelling of historical narratives viewed from an African-American artist’s perspective,

As one of the official photographers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, Kifle provides photo documentation not only of this significant space, but also of the leading figures in the Civil Rights Movement including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rep. John Lewis and others.   The exhibition is composed of four elements, photography, video, sound and architectural installation.  Portraits of Civil Rights leaders with gazes of determination and postures of empowerment will be suspended from the ceiling to greet viewers as they enter the gallery.  Images of the anonymous, common folks whose lives are intertwined with historical events are also present.

On the concave wall are famous quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. sermons and speeches.  In front of this wall suspended from the ceiling is the image of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.   On the opposite wall are several IPads with headphones for listening to three excerpts from influential sermons and speeches by MLK. This provides the historical context via visual and auditory methods.

The exhibition gallery also contains an enclosed space surrounded with mirrors inside. This installation invites viewers to enter and reflect on private perceptions of justice, hope, love and democracy.  It is important to rethink unconscious prejudices and social apathy that contribute to the propagation of racist realities.

This exhibition and reception is a partnership with the Reece Museum, Slocumb Galleries, and the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.

Contact Information:
Name: Randy Sanders
Phone: 439-4392
Web Address (URL):
Other Details:
The Reece Museum is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Admission is free and parking passes are available for weekday visitors.

Group tours are also available. For more information, to arrange a group tour, or for special assistance fro those with disabilities, contact the Reece Museum at (423) 439-4392.
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Admission is Free.

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