WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION
The Bass Museum of Art announces its new collection-based exhibition, We Are in This Together: Selections from the Permanent Collection, on view now through October 6, 2024.
From social media and transnational databases, to supply chains, energy sources and climate conditions, we are—in fact—all connected now. This exhibition uses the 2019 text-based neon sculpture We Are in This Together by Tavares Strachan presented alongside other contemporary works from The Bass’ permanent collection as a lens through which to consider our interrelated social, economic, environmental and technological interdependencies of a globalized world.
We Are in This Together offers a range of local and international artistic perspectives to consider interrelated cultural dependencies, while exploring the complex network of associations that shape contemporary life.
With electronic media connecting people from every part of the globe, both amplifying and erasing differences, questions abound over what constitutes the individual in our age of interdependence. Underlying the exhibition is the theme of individuality: how do each of us remain personally distinct and independent within the collective whole, despite the plethora of entwined and overwhelming factors shaping our planet? What does it mean to belong today?
We Are in This Together encourages a reconsideration of the very meaning of togetherness. In this spirit, the exhibition extends its inquiry to the museum collection itself: how are artworks across a range of artists, media and eras assembled in the gallery space? Brought together anew, this presentation from the permanent collection invites visitors to make fresh interpretations and new meaning across the selected works—in relation to each other, and in the wider circumstances of our interrelated world.