Gallery Openings and Events

Hamiltonian Presents Stockholm Syndrome

Larry Cook, Some of my best friends are black, 2014, neon light, 131 x 6 inches. Courtesy of Hamiltonian Gallery.

Larry Cook, Some of my best friends are black, 2014, neon light, 131 x 6 inches. Courtesy of Hamiltonian Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21 from 7pm to 9pm

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

Larry Cook received his MFA from George Washington University in 2013. A 2013 Sondheim finalist and Hamiltonian Fellow, he has been included in various group shows including Ceci n’est pas une T.V. at the Fine Art Gallery at The George Mason University (2015); the Trawick Prize Finalist Exhibition at Gallery B (2014); Academy 2013 at CONNERSMITH. and Artist Citizen at Hemphill Fine Art (2012). Cook has also had solo presentations at (e)merge art fair (2014), Stamp Gallery (2014) and Pleasant Plains Workshop (2013). A native of Landover, MD, Larry has taught photography at The George Washington University, American University and is currently an art teacher at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, MD.

Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U Street NW. For more information visit www.hamiltonianartists.org/events.

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