Cherry Bounce Panel Discussions

Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics
September 2, 2016–January 15, 2017
United Company Regional Gallery

Democracy is the central tenant of the United States of America; the voices of the people are heard through their elected representatives. Art is almost inextricably tied to the political landscape. As long as we have held elections, candidates have commissioned campaign posters to spread their messages, and political cartoons continue to succinctly depict the great debates and discourses of our government. For this exhibit, artists living and working in the greater Appalachian region will create unique works in reaction to a randomly selected political poster or cartoon from a historic presidential election. – Guest Curator, Eric Drummond Smith, PhDDiscussion Schedule

Lecture: Logic and Origins of the American Presidency
Thursday, September 15
6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

In conjunction with Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics and with consideration to the upcoming presidential election, this lecture focuses on the logic and origins of the American presidency. Discussion will center on the ideas that shaped the foundation of our American system of government.

Panel: Domestic Politics in the 2016 Presidential Race
Thursday, September 29
6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

As the 2016 presidential election draws nearer, join this panel of regional scholars and experts to discuss domestic issues facing our nation now and in the coming years. See how each candidate proposes to tackle these issues and the effect their decisions could have on our country. This panel is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics.

Panel: International Politics in the 2016 Presidential Race
Thursday, October 20
6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

Building on the discussion on domestic politics several weeks ago, a new panel of scholars turns their focus to the current international political landscape. Find out what issues America’s new president will be tackling on a global scale once they take office. This panel is presented in conjunction with the exhibit Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics.

Panel: Appalachian Art, American Politics: Artists and Art Historians on Political Art
Thursday, October 27
6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

WKMA has gathered together a group of artists and art historians to discuss the role art plays in American politics. From campaign posters to political cartoons, few things are as effective at conveying a message to the masses or capturing public sentiment as electoral art. Join this panel for a look at the role political art plays in our country.

Election Day Hootenanny
Tuesday, November 8
Beginning at 6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

Once upon a time Americans reveled in their democratic-republic. We gathered together to celebrate voting, campaigning, the right to govern ourselves, and to assuage our feelings when our preferred candidate or party lost this year’s bid. We listened to music. We stomped and danced. We laughed and drank and ate and told stories and generally were gleeful. We here at the Cherry Bounce Show think it is time to start doing that again, not just loving our Republic, but celebrating it. So we’re having art. We’re having lectures and panels. But we’re also having a party – not just a party though. We want this to be a place to watch the returns, to gather the old and new media with the normal folk. We want to engage with the election in a way that goes far and beyond mere surface treatment. More information on everything as we approach the day – if you’re a journalist, academic, or creative type and you’re interested in participating, contact either Callie Hietala (chietala@wkmuseum.org) or Eric Drummond Smith (eds9g@uvawise.edu).

Lecture: Clever, Nasty People: The Art of American Mudslinging
First Thursday, December 1
6:00 p.m.
William King Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

The culmination of the William King Museum of Art’s political lecture series, Eric Drummond Smith, artist, political scientist, professor at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and guest curator of Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics will deliver a paper entitled Clever, Nasty People: The Art of American Mudslinging. The title says it all. This is not an event to be missed.

For additional information on the panel discussions please contact Callie Hietala at (276) 628-5005 ext. 119

Visit www.cherrybounceshow.com for additional information on the exhibition.

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