The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, in Duluth, Georgia (USA) presents The Future of America, a group exhibition featuring the work of seven artists about American youth.
CYJO, Ruth Dusseault, Lauren Greenfield, Rania Matar, Forest McMullen, Bryan Melts, and Darnell Wilburn are artists who serve as cultural anthropologists of our time, each creating a substantial body of work focusing on various segments of American youth. Greenfield looks at the culture of money and how it affects teens growing up in the city of Los Angeles while Matar’s photographs show how adolescent girls define themselves within the confines of their own bedrooms. Bryan Meltz has followed a Somali refugee family in the Atlanta area for eleven years while CYJO has photographed and interviewed over 200 people of Korean descent who now live across the globe. Dusseault has traveled the southeast capturing youth who participate in the ever-growing paintball industry while Forest McMullen has traveled similar terrain looking at African American rodeo riders. Wilburn has photographed a wide group of Atlanta youth, each of whom has lost a parent at a young age. Brought together at the Hudgens Center, these works speak of the pressures, fears, pleasures and joys of kids growing up in America today. “It is my hope,” says curator Rebecca Cochran, “that the exhibition helps remind us that as we make changes to environmental, economic, educational, health care and immigration policies, we remember that we are responsible for all these young citizens of the United States. We are the guardians of their future.”
The Future of America
February 17 to April 28, 2018
The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning
6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Bldg 300
Duluth, GA 30097