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Make Their Gold Teeth Ache
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by Alissa Sheldon

        On Friday, July 10, Moberg Gallery premieres “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache”, a gathering of works by artists seeking to provide illumination on racial identity, awareness, and inequality.  

        The collection, which includes works by artists from Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other U.S. cities, is curated by Des Moines native and globally acclaimed artist, Jordan Weber.  Weber, whose most recent installations, “American Dreamers” and “American Dreamers Phase 2” appeared in New York and Los Angeles respectively, explains the concept of the show:

   When whites develop the ability to see their racial positions from the perspectives of people of color, then this multilateral double consciousness can enable a form of critical interracial dialogue within the walls of art spaces. My goal with this exhibition is to assert a provocative array of work to stimulate our thinking on this important contemporary topic with deep historical roots.

        “Make Their Gold Teeth Ache” includes works from artists John Sims, Dread Scott, Rico Gatson, Mitchell Squire, Loren Holland, Eliza Myrie, Kohshin Finley, and Delfin Finley.  The show runs from July 10 through August 22 at Moberg Gallery in Des Moines.  Opening Reception is Friday, July 10.

Photo:  Dread Scott, ‘On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, performance still 2,’ 2014. Photograph: Mark Von Holden Photography.