Marie Tomanova: Young American

art exhibition

June 28, 2018 - August 10, 2018,

[2nd Floor]

As the cumulative show of the Czech Center New York’s New Bohemia Exhibition series that celebrates the vital and dynamic connections between the Czech Republic and the United States, particularly in honor of the 100 Year Anniversary of the Czech Republic, Marie Tomanova’s Young American does not directly problematize what it means to be an American today, but celebrates the freedom and identity of the idea of an “America” still rife with dreams and possibilities, hope and freedom.

Her images, direct and without artifice, confront us with the power and beauty of people simply being, the young … just being. It is a visualization of an America in which individuality is valued as uniqueness, and not judged as lack of sameness. One could contextualize this body of work in the increasingly important and powerful voice of youth culture that is in the process of vitally reshaping gender, society, culture, and perhaps igniting a subtle and much needed ideological revolution that has its own history, as can be seen, most notably, in the 1967 Summer of Love centered in San Francisco, the events of May 1968 in Paris, or the 1989 Velvet Revolution in Prague.

Curated by Thomas Beachdel.

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Organized by: Czech Center NY