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Gallery Talk: Intersections

October 13, 2017
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

The theme for this month’s Intersections is The Question of Patriotism.

From the American flag to the national anthem, cultural objects play an important role in historical memory and national identity. An act of protest or defiance can force us to contend with differing definitions of patriotism. By looking at ways that artists have incorporated the American flag into their work, we’ll explore the complicated layers of ambiguity around this familiar symbol.

In this interactive series, the Art Institute’s encyclopedic collection serves as a catalyst for conversations about urgent social questions and current events. Come ready to participate and create community through dialogue about art. Facilitators select featured artworks and post them here in advance of each discussion in order to be responsive to an ever-changing world.    

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Benny Andrews, Flag Day, 1966. Gift of the Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Mrs. Carroll.