Sometimes it takes an exhibition to bring home those memories, albeit in ways that you might not have imagined.
I only recently visited Berlin this past spring and, of course, walking around Berlin - among the most vibrant cities in Europe - I encountered the faux Checkpoint Charlie as well as real pieces of the Wall. Somewhat unexpectedly, one of the artists in this exhibit (Janine Free) and I had taken nearly the same photograph but from opposite sides of the Wall. But, far more important than this historical symbol is what it meant then, and what it should mean now.
As one walks the city of Berlin, and reads its history, the Wall is entangled in a many-sided history of WWII and the post-War transitions. The coming down of the Wall facilitates the reunification of East and West Germany less than a year later. There is a much deeper investigation of why Nazism happened - important reminders - just as the symbolism of the Wall, but in several museums: The Topography of Terror; Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; the Allied Museum; the Jewish Museum and others.
The Front Porch Gallery is featuring an exhibit on the Berlin Wall with 15 participating artists.
PERSPECTIVES: The Berlin Wall
Front Porch Gallery
2903 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008
November 9, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Opening reception Sunday, November 9 from noon - 2 pm
Join us in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and reflect, through art, upon an enduring moment of the 20th century. PERSPECTIVES: The Berlin Wall, an exhibit born of a tragic history, will uplift and illuminate a peak in humanity. This exhibit showcases mixed media, photography and sculpture–including actual pieces of the wall–from international artists currently residing in San Diego and Los Angeles. Come, experience the transformative power of these works!
Janine Free, Brennan Hubbell, Amber Irwin, Dave Johnson, Jessi Mathes, Michelle Moraga & Ed Eginton, John Moseley, Victor Ochoa, Katrin Queck, Andrew Robinson, Lia Strell, Carol Beth Rodriguez, Irene de Watteville, Julie Weaverling
Of course, the U.S. has left its symbolic mark upon this wall in the contest between Soviet ways of thinking (the gulag) and those of U.S. presidents (Kennedy, Reagan). And there are many explanations about how the Wall finally came down from bureaucratic incompetence to soldiers not knowing what to do with the rush of enthusiastic border crossers. In this exhibit, the objective is not to explain the past, but to inform ourselves about the symbolism of the ending of a separation.
|Dave Johnson /|