Founded in 2010 by Emile Klein, “You’re US” is a NGO with a mission to create, “A history that every American can call their own.” Its core values are Accessibility, Trust, Inclusion, Collaboration, and Education, and its vision statement reads: ““You’re US” collaborates with the country’s artists and craftsmen to create multi-media life stories that honor the varied populace of contemporary America.
In 2010, reliving the tradition of a 19th Century American limner, artist Emile Klein began traveling through each American state by bicycle, painting portraits of selected subjects in exchange for the opportunity to live alongside them. This barter system creates equal opportunity art ownership to a wide variety of people in recognition that every person’s life experiences, perspectives, and lives are equally relevant and valued. Dual ownership of the portrait gives the option of borrowing it for exhibition purposes. Written and recorded elements complete the resulting “American Profile.” “You’re US” has partnered with Pop-Up Archive and the New Jersey Digital Highway to preserve multimedia profiles and raw interviews.
In the vicinity of each exhibition venue, Klein will work with as a visiting artist with area Middle Schools, guiding students and teachers in the creation of biographies of their own local heroes to be uploaded to an interactive map of the United States, contributing to a growing story of our nation as told by its youth. The Center is developing school programs with the BedminsterTownshipSchool (Bedminster Twp.) and Gill St. Bernard’s School (Gladstone).
After leaving The Center for Contemporary Art, the exhibit will travel to Philadelphia, the Biggs Museum of Art (Dover, DE), the McGuffeyArtCenter (Charlottesville, VA), Durham, NC, Table of Contents (Brooklyn, NY), Salem Art Works (Salem, NY) and Orchard Skateshop (Boston, MA). Smaller, short term exhibits will be hung in local businesses/non-
The Center for Contemporary Art: Gallery Hours
Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The exhibit can also be viewed evenings when classes are in session.
Closed Sundays and major holidays.
About The Center for Contemporary Art
Founded in 1970, today The Center for Contemporary Art is a vital regional art center with a vibrant studio art school, extensive exhibition program and important community outreach component. For further information, please call (908) 234-2345 or visit The Center for Contemporary Art online at http://ccabedminster.org/
Elie Porter Trubert, Executive Director
The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921
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