Library selected as one of 3 sites for COUNTERNARRATIVES art installation

The Pomona College Museum of Art is pleased to welcome New York artist activist Alexandra Bell to the Claremont campuses. Bell will mount three works from her public art project Counternarrative. Bell's work explores how language perpetuates racist narratives; she highlights the hidden language codes, picture choice, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Using articles from The New York Times, the paper of record presumed to be a liberal voice, Bell "radically reedits" the articles. She reads, redacts and erases the loaded text and images, revising the stories with racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates. Her work underscores the importance of examining the veracity and demanding improvements in our news publications.

Throughout the day on Friday, Mar. 2, 2018, Bell, with the assistance of student volunteers, will mount three Counternarratives at selected locations. Look for "A Teenager
with Promise," on the north wall of the Claremont Colleges Library building. The other two Counternarratives, "Olympic Threat" and "Charlottesville," will be displayed at other sites throughout The Claremont Colleges. The works will be on view through May 13, 2018.

Simultaneously, The Claremont Colleges Library will host a curator-created book display and will document and archive the installation and reception of the works. The library will provide opportunities for viewers to give reactions to the artwork and the books.

For more information, see the full press release from the Pomona College Museum of Art.

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