March 31, 2013 – April 15, 2013
The Contemporary Art Galleries are proud to present Revisited in the Age of the One Percent, an exhibition of contemporary art exploring themes relevant to the 2012-2013 UConn Reads selection, The Great Gatsby.
Like the timeless novel that inspired it, Gatsby Revisited in the Age of the One Percent shines a light on the alienating and relentless pursuit of the American Dream. Visions of glamour and luxury continue to beckon us, often at great cost; this exhibition draws the themes from the novel forward to the present day, and highlights how little has changed since the time when the novel was written. The exhibition will feature works by internationally-known artists, as well as emerging socially-conscious artists who turn their sights toward the glittering surface of life among the one percent—never shying from the displacement and dissatisfaction that so often lies underneath. In addition to the novel, the CAG drew inspiration for this exhibition from Joseph Stiglitz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Price of Inequality, from the heightened rhetoric of the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign, and from the energy of last year’s Occupy Movement.