Gallery event of the week: ‘Social Studies’


Jerry Truong’s installation “Your Classroom Is a Battleground or The Fountain of Youth” includes stackable plastic classroom chairs. (Jerry Truong/Hamiltonian Gallery)

Artists Jerry Truong and Annette Isham make art that explores identity, history, gender and other personally and politically charged topics. So it makes sense for them to tackle the topic of school, where much of our sense of self is shaped.

On Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., Hamiltonian Gallery will host an opening reception for “Social Studies,” an exhibition featuring Isham’s videos and photographs which portray adolescent characters, and Truong’s sculptural installation, which incorporates stackable plastic chairs, blackboards and overhead projectors. The artists, neither of whom is more than a year or two removed from art school, are still young enough to remember what grade school and high school were really like.

— Michael O’Sullivan

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