the kids are all right
September 14, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Featuring photography and video created in the last 10 years by 38 established and emerging artists, the kids are all right explores with sensitive yet radical openness the notion of family in the 21st century. The photographers in the kids are all right actively collaborate with their subjects when making their work, most often by involving them in the creation of each of the photographed scenarios. Gaining their subjects’ trust, they simultaneously and self-consciously reveal the subjectivity of the process, often including themselves in the pictures or adding narratives in the form of writing or video.
The platform of open-mindedness, combined with vibrant collaboration, results in intimate and illuminating portraits of families that reject irony and judgment in favor of affirmation and acceptance. The family units depicted in this exhibition are accepted as is, in whatever form they come—natural or found. The artists take no critical position, rather they affirm with poignacy and humor the ever-shifting notion of the contemporary family.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color exhibition catalogue featuring images from each artist and an essay by exhibition curator Alison Ferris.
the kids are all right was organized by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin and made possible through grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ruth St. John and John Dunham West Foundation, a foundation that prefers anonymity, BMO Harris Bank, and the Frederic C. Kohler Charitable Trust. This project is also funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s loyal corporate, foundation, and individual donors have also been vital.
Generous support for the Addison’s presentation of this exhibition was provided by the Winton Family Exhibition Fund and by the Poss Family Foundation.