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Red Summer

Foley Gallery is pleased to present Red Summer, Casey Ruble’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. Completed as part of a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, the exhibition looks at the bloody year of 1919 on its centennial anniversary.

1919 marked the deadliest period of white-on-black violence in U.S. history, with over thirty race riots — most started by white mobs — breaking out across the nation. The bloodshed led civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson to dub the period the “Red Summer.” 1919 was also when the Smithsonian Institution began planning its National Portrait Gallery, whose mission has been to “acquire and display portraits of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.” Yet all of the subjects in the museum’s works from 1919 are white, and the few with any connection to the racial tensions of the time came down on the wrong side of that history.

Functioning as a kind of anti-portraiture, Ruble’s Red Summer re-renders, in ink on paper, the forty-seven paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection from the year 1919, but with the sitter of the portrait redacted, leaving only a ghostly outline. An image of Woodrow Wilson attending a ceremony outside the White House thus becomes a vacant sidewalk festooned in American flags; a painting of General Pershing witnessing the signing of the treaty that ended World War I becomes an empty Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. These intentional erasures work to reorient our gaze away from the individuals who have been canonized as important historical figures and turn it toward the space surrounding them, thereby challenging the dominant narrative of our country’s past and implicitly asking: Whom have we been missing?

Casey Ruble received her BA from Smith College in 1995 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2002. She is an Artist in Residence at Fordham University, where she teaches painting and drawing and curates exhibitions for the university galleries. Her work has been shown nationally and abroad, and she has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2019, 2013), the Warhol Foundation through a residency at PARSEnola (2017), the Smithsonian Institution (2016), and the New Jersey State Council for the Humanities (2015). She resides in New Jersey in a village overlooking the Delaware River.

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Date

May 15 - Jun 23, 2019

Contact

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Artworks

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Alexander Graham Bell

Bernard Mannes Baruch

Cecil B. DeMille (II)

Cecil B. DeMille (I)

Charles Martin Loeffler

David Franklin Houston

Edgar Allan Poe

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edward Mandell House

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Enrico Caruso

Ethel Barrymore

Frank Lyon Polk

Frederic William Goudy

George Arliss

Geraldine Farrar

Gloria May Josephine Swanson

Henry White (II)

Henry White (I)

Herbert Hoover

Irene Foote Castle

John Ferguson Weir

John Joseph Pershing (IV)

John Joseph Pershing (III)

John Joseph Pershing (II)

John Joseph Pershing (I)

John Muir

Katherine Stinson Otero

Lillian Wald

Mary Harris Jones

Richard Alexander Penrose

Tasker Howard Bliss

Theodore Roosevelt

Thornton Niven Wilder

Untitled (Telegram)

Walter Hampden (II)

Walter Hampden (I)

William Sowden Sims

Winold Reiss

Woodrow Wilson (IX)

Woodrow Wilson (VIII)

Woodrow Wilson (VII)

Woodrow Wilson (VI)

Woodrow Wilson (V)

Woodrow Wilson (IV)

Woodrow Wilson (III)

Woodrow Wilson (II)

Woodrow Wilson (I)

Casey Ruble > <

Alexander Graham Bell

Bernard Mannes Baruch

Cecil B. DeMille (II)

Cecil B. DeMille (I)

Charles Martin Loeffler

David Franklin Houston

Edgar Allan Poe

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edward Mandell House

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

Enrico Caruso

Ethel Barrymore

Frank Lyon Polk

Frederic William Goudy

George Arliss

Geraldine Farrar

Gloria May Josephine Swanson

Henry White (II)

Henry White (I)

Herbert Hoover

Irene Foote Castle

John Ferguson Weir

John Joseph Pershing (IV)

John Joseph Pershing (III)

John Joseph Pershing (II)

John Joseph Pershing (I)

John Muir

Katherine Stinson Otero

Lillian Wald

Mary Harris Jones

Richard Alexander Penrose

Tasker Howard Bliss

Theodore Roosevelt

Thornton Niven Wilder

Untitled (Telegram)

Walter Hampden (II)

Walter Hampden (I)

William Sowden Sims

Winold Reiss

Woodrow Wilson (IX)

Woodrow Wilson (VIII)

Woodrow Wilson (VII)

Woodrow Wilson (VI)

Woodrow Wilson (V)

Woodrow Wilson (IV)

Woodrow Wilson (III)

Woodrow Wilson (II)

Woodrow Wilson (I)

Artists

Casey Ruble

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