“Freedom of Speech” (2018) archival pigment print by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur from For Freedoms, the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, gift of Barbara and Theodore Alfond. © For Freedoms
Winter Park’s best spot to see contemporary art reopens for the year on Friday. Winter 2020 brings three new shows: African Apparel: Threaded Transformations Across the 20th Century,
through May 17; another installment of CFAM’s ongoing The Place as Metaphor: Collection Conversations;
and 2020: Action, Freedom, Patriotism,
through April 5, a partnership with civic group For Freedoms
. (And once again, admission is free to the public this year.)
For Freedoms uses art as a tool for civic engagement and reflection and as such, Action, Freedom, Patriotism
is urgent viewing in this election year. Various participatory actions and exhibitions will take place throughout the museum and the Rollins campus, buttressing the exhibition, which will feature new acquisitions including the original Norman Rockwell “Four Freedoms” posters alongside contemporary re-creations of them by Hank Willis Thomas and Emily Shur. Below, see Rockwell's original; above, the modern-day reinterpretation.
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"Freedom of Speech" (1943), painting by Norman Rockwell from The Four Freedoms