Baggage Claims

  • Jan 27, 2018 – Apr 22, 2018
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Avery McOuaid Nelson Lawrence, "Arranging Suitcases", 2012. Installation
including wallpaper, objects, works on paper, and a 9-minute video;
dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Baggage Claims presents the work of 17 international artists who explore the impact of today's vast global commerce and travel on contemporary life. Using suitcases, trunks, and crates to create works of art, these artists express provocative ideas about the mobility of global culture. These ideas often refer to the humanitarian, economic, and political concerns of populations that are compelled to flee conflicts and hardship or to seek opportunities far from home. On an intimate level, baggage transports and holds personal belongings, and by implication, is a rich metaphor for individual and family histories. The term baggage also carries significant psychological meaning, referring to the burdens or blessings of those things in life that cannot be left behind. Baggage Claims is the first exhibition to present a new body of work by contemporary artists who are examining these timely themes. 

This exhibition is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and co-curated by curators, Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, of c2-curatorsquared.

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