Hold These Truths


No Longer Empty is delighted to announce our second exhibition at Nathan Cummings Foundation, opening on Monday, November 13. Hold These Truths is a group exhibition organized in response to our complex and critical moment in United States history. The divisiveness of our political landscape, complicated by such concepts such as “alternative facts” and “fake news,” serves as a backdrop for artworks that expose the hollowness of proliferating misrepresentations in the name of power.

A titular reference to the Declaration of Independence, Hold These Truths is both a fragment of a sentence that represents an incomplete history of justice and a call to assert diverse realities in a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape. The exhibition includes work by artists who employ strategies ranging from editing and re-framing, to appropriation and irony in order to dismantle prevailing constructs of national identity, and observe the right to challenge the very mechanisms that exclude expression and participation.

Hold These Truths is curated by Manon Slome and Rachel Gugelberger, and accompanied by a rich schedule of programs organized by Raquel De Anda, Director of Public Engagement, and Mica Le John, Education Programs Manager. Stay tuned for more details.

In 2015, No Longer Empty organized Bring in the Reality at Nathan Cummings Foundation. Curated by Rachel Gugelberger, the exhibition presented works at the intersection of storytelling and activism by NLE-community artists and collectives.

Image: John Ahearn, Ernestine and Three Friends (Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Women’s Shelter), 1992, in Bring in the Reality at Nathan Cummings Foundation. Photo: Whitney Browne.



About The Nathan Cummings Foundation

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a family foundation rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice and committed to democratic values, including fairness, diversity and community. It focuses on finding solutions to the two biggest problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality. The Foundation invests in four focus areas to build a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity and Culture. For more information, visit: www.nathancummings.org.





November 13, 2017 - March 14, 2018
Opening Reception on Monday November 13, 6-8pm