press release

Where We Are

October 23 - November 24, 2021

In a sprawling group exhibition marking this moment in history (and celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hosfelt Gallery) the work of 34 artists is employed to reflect on the zeitgeist of the year 2021. What defines the spirit or mood of this particular point in time? The function of art — the job of artists — is to hold up a mirror, to help us understand our lives in terms of social, cultural, intellectual and art history. And of course, to address the big existential questions: Who are we? How did we get to this place? How do we know what we think we know? And where do we go from here?

The jumping-off place is artwork referring to lexicons or cartography, which become metaphors for finding our place in the universe. How do we define ourselves? How do we find our way? But definitions can be shackles; maps can become labyrinths. This show is about everything every one of us has been feeling — loss, loneliness, fear and frustration — and also about empathy, opportunity and hope for new beginnings.

It’s dedicated to the artists we have exhibited, the audiences who have seen our shows, the collectors and colleagues who have supported the gallery and the staff members and interns whose contributions have, over the past twenty-five years, helped build this community.