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Updraft America

September 6 through October 23, 2016


Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Updraft America

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Updraft America, 2016.
Paper, 11 x 8 x 6 ft.
Courtesy of the artist.


Exhibition Description

Washington, DC, sculptor (and former Senate aide) Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg manifests Americans’ frustration with our gridlocked partisan politics by taking an entire year of the official proceedings of the United States Congress, as documented in the Congressional Record, and folding each page into a paper airplane. From this mass of over 10,000 airplanes, striped red or blue to connote the political divide, the uppermost planes will rise into the air, as if taking flight, and as they do, their hues will combine to become purple - the color of hope that we may bridge the political divide.

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Related Events: 

September 10, 6-9 pm: Early Fall Opening Reception

September 15, 7-9 pm: Updraft America Reception with the Bridge Alliance and members of the press. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP. 

Press and Publications:

The Huffington Post: 10,718 Paper Airplanes

The Washington Post: Looking for Art Free of Politics? Don't Look Here.