Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness

Oct. 3, 2009 - Sep. 5, 2010
Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building

Image Gallery

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" by Benjamin F. Perkins
"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" by Benjamin F. Perkins

c. 1980’s painted gourd Private Collection

Anonymous Afghan Weaver
Anonymous Afghan Weaver

c.2005 chemical dyed wool Courtesy of the Textile Museum of Canada

"USS Palin" by Kevin Sampson
"USS Palin" by Kevin Sampson

2008 mixed media and found objects Courtesy of Cavin-Morris Gallery and the Artist

"Statue of Liberty / Star-Spangled Banner" by Adam Morales
"Statue of Liberty / Star-Spangled Banner" by Adam Morales

1999 driftwood, paint Collection of the Artist

"Social" by Jaber Al Mahjoub
"Social" by Jaber Al Mahjoub

2005 acrylic on unstretched canvas Private Collection

"100-Year-Old Carp with Numbers Raised for Queen Victoria" by Andrew Romanoff
"100-Year-Old Carp with Numbers Raised for Queen Victoria" by Andrew Romanoff

2004 watercolor pigments on Shrinky-Dink thermoplastic Collection of Inez Storer and Andrew Romanoff

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About the Exhibition

"An ideal still very much in progress, the 1776 American Declaration of Independence begins, 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.' Guest curator Roger Manley states, 'We think of big ideas like ‘life’ and ‘liberty’ as if they have to do with sweeping numbers of people, but in fact they begin with the individual.' The quest for human rights and the search for personal fulfillment provides the starting point for exploring both the great failures and successes in the attainment of these ideals within this international exhibition. Works by the last surviving descendent of the Tsar of Russia, Iroquois Native Americans, Guantanamo Bay detainees, Holocaust survivors, incarcerated prisoners, African-American civil rights activists, and an Iraqi wartime doctor, were among the Exhibition’s 86 featured visionary artists who have each creatively wrestled with their own life experience of personal liberty and happiness." - Founder, Director, and Chief Curator, Rebecca Hoffberger

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