May 2015

Larry Cook | Stockholm Syndrome

Hamiltonian is pleased to present a new body of work by artist Larry Cook. The exhibition will run from May 19 – June 20, 2015 with an opening reception on Thursday, May 21 from 7 - 9 pm.

Stockholm Syndrome, a psychological term in which a person taken captive begins to identify and empathize with their captor, is re-defined in Larry Cook’s exhibition as a form of cultural amnesia in which contemporary Americans have maintained a complacent and subdued conscience by idealizing and avoiding America’s racist history. Stockholm Syndrome challenges viewers to revisit the past and consider the evolved nature of racism today, while questioning the notion of progress in a so-called “post-racial” society.

In Stockholm Syndrome , Cook poignantly investigates how slavery, religion and politics directly affect notions of identity, progress and racial bias in American culture today. Through a variety of media including re-appropriated sound, text and imagery, Cook challenges his viewers to consider an alternative narrative, one that instigates a confrontation and reevaluation their potential racial biases.

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May 19 – June 20, 2015

Opening Reception:
Thursday, May 21
7-9 pm

Artist Talk:
Wednesday, June 10
7 pm

Hamiltonian Artists:
Larry Cook

photos by Nicole Dowd