Subversive Media: Materiality and Power

Friday, July 22 - 11:00 AM

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present "Subversive Media: Materiality and Power", on view in SSG’s Main Gallery from June 3, 2022 to July 22, 2022. The exhibition opens on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 5:30 - 7:30PM. Several exhibiting artists from the group exhibition will be present at the opening to chat with visitors.

Curated by independent curator Haley Clouser, "Subversive Media: Materiality and Power" is a group exhibition which features the work of the following artists: Sonya Clark, Jamal Cyrus, jc lenochan, Sameul Levi Jones, LaRissa Rogers, Tammie Rubin, Gail Tremblay, Luis Vasquez La Roche, Dyani White Hawk, and Sandy Williams IV. "Subversive Media" posits that the often overlooked component of our visual language - materiality - plays a critical role in the representation of power. The 10 exhibiting artists creatively reconstruct our visual language through the articulation of material, underscoring the agency that compositional elements hold in supporting and disrupting our understanding of power.

Each artist confronts images freighted with reminders of systemic injustice, ranging from the more explicit, like the American flag and Ku Klux Klan hoods, to the seemingly innocuous, such as textbooks and football gear. Not only do the artists reveal the ubiquity and various manifestations of power in our daily lives, but their critical approaches to materiality importantly underline the ways materials contribute to perceptions of power. 

This exhibition is Season 48 Call for Submissions pick and was organized under the direction of Kristen Chiacchia, Executive Director & Chief Curator of Second Street Gallery. The exhibition is generously sponsored by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and an Enriching Communities grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF). 

Learn more about the exhibition on our website:


115 Second St SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Second Street Gallery

Date / Time

Friday, July 22, 2022
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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