Secrets in A Democracy: Contemporary Artists Address Challenges to Democratic Ideals Scripps’ Williamson Gallery Fall Exhibition

CLAREMONT, California - September 2, 2009

Secrets in a Democracy postcardScripps College’s Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery opens the fall season with “Secrets in a Democracy,” on view through October 11. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

“Secrets in a Democracy” focuses on privileged knowledge and ideals of democracy. Curated by T. Kim-Trang Tran, director of the Scripps Humanities Institute and professor of art, the exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Institute’s program, which includes a lecture and film series on the same topic.

The show features the work of The Center for Tactical Magic, Mark Lombardi, Naeem Mohaiemen/Visible Collective, Trevor Paglen, Linda Pollack, and Jamie Wagg.

As Tran notes: “At the collective level, many have argued that official secrecy is incompatible with democracy. While others allow that institutional secrecy is sometimes legitimate and necessary, they maintain that those who exercise power must justify their control over secrecy and openness. Even with persuasive reasons, they insist that accountability is indispensable in a democracy. Still others claim that confidentiality and national security are sufficient rationale for professional, corporate, administrative, and military secrecy.”

An opening reception will be held at the Williamson Gallery on Wednesday, September 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is located at Eleventh Street and Columbia Avenue, adjacent to Baxter Hall. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, please contact the gallery at (909) 607-3397.