Parthenon Museum / 2500 West End Ave. September 22, 2018 - January 12, 2019
Courtney Adair Johnson
Deconstructing Cowan is an exhibit in which a local contemporary artist reinterprets a painting from the Parthenon’s James M. Cowan Collection of American Art. Artists re-contextualized individual works from the Cowan Collection – striving to “make it new.” Much like the Impressionists represented in the original collection, the Deconstructing artists created visual interpretations of their current moment. But unlike much of the collection, they also comment on contemporary concerns, including race relations, environmental sustainability, bodily autonomy, and immigration.