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Title:BEING BIPOLAR IN A POLARIZED WORLD AND THE THIN LINE
Date:11/19/2021 - 12/30/2021
Address:1957 Sheridan rd
Location:Highland Park, IL
Hours:10am-4pm
Cost/Cover:FREE admission
Web Page:https://theartcenterhp.org/
Contact Info:8474321888
Details:Being Bipolar in a Polarized World and The Thin Line
November 19-December 30, 2021
M-SAT 10-4
Opening Reception: December 3, 5:30-7:30pm

“There is a thin line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.”
Oscar Levant, American pianist, composer, actor

The Galleries at TAC are addressing the link between the outdated and insensitive labeling of ‘madness’ with its connection to ‘genius’ in the context of art, artists, and the sources of creativity.

From Van Gogh to Virginia Woolf - and more recently with Kusama and Robin Williams—the line between what we insensitively label what is not commonly ‘acceptable’ as insanity versus those things the majority see as ‘acceptable’, labeled sanity, is often hard to discern. Yet the unhealthy and unproductive stigmatization lives on. 

In a (hopefully) more enlightened postmodern society, madness and insanity will be deconstructed, with the ultimate goal of creative expression: to lose oneself completely in one’s art. When artists (and others) can freely and openly discuss their struggles without stigmatizing and mean spirited labels, real progress has been made.

“There is no great genius without a mixture of madness”.
Aristotle

Guest Juror and featured artist, Kelly Mathews, a Chicago artist has been awarded an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, for her project; Being Bipolar in a Polarized World.” 

Kelly states, “Mental Illness can be tragic and heartbreaking. This exhibit is meant to celebrate those of us who see things a little different and offer you a peek into our world.” Her series, Trigger Wall, highlights the outside forces, images, and symbols that affect her reactions, while Dear Texas and Dear Supreme Court express her powerful reactions to current events. 

The Galleries at TAC are proud to be the first to exhibit this profound work in conjunction with The Thin Line Exhibition, a juried open-call with selected work that builds a dialogue about the world of artistic expression, breaking stigmas, and celebrating difference. 

Funding for exhibitions generously provided by The Jackie Sabath Exhibition Fund: Marla & Rich London and The Robby Norris Charitable Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council and The Highland Park Community Foundation.

The Art Center, a non-profit organization, is the North Shore’s cultural destination that inspires and ignites passion for the arts; providing a forum for self-expression, dialog and community engagement. For more information, contact James Lynch, Executive Director, or Caren Helene Rudman, curator, at info@theartcenterhp.org or call 847-432-1888. 

The Art Center Highland Park, 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. 847-432-1888, info@theartcenterhp.org 


Event is:Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
Audience:18 and Up
Category:Arts and Entertainment
Sponsored By:The Art Center Highland Park
Submitted by:Clara Tomaz
 
 
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