On the night of Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 42 Maple in Bethlehem, NH and White Box Gallery in New York City partnered for a real-time collaboration project. Local youth and adult artists painted on large 4′ x 8′ canvases, with the topic being the state of our current political climate. Artists who participated included; Jason Tors of The Loading Dock, Jon Stroker of Bad Art, and thre high school seniors who will experience their first year of voting in 2016. Students included Jordan Packard and Genevieve Moberly of Littleton High School and Franconia Jones of Profile High School. Additionally, improvisational dancer, Katherine Ferrier, collaborated with area musician, Ana D’Leon at the same time.

During the evening’s events, artists at 42 Maple were video broadcast onto the gallery walls of White Box NYC with an approximate 15-second delay, while White Box’s scheduled events of the evening were simultaneously broadcast onto the walls at 42 Maple. In addition to internet video streams, both galleries also connected to one another via Skype and interacted directly with no lag time.

#makeamericagreatagain is a group exhibition of diverse media that will run during February and coincide with the initial Democratic and Republican primaries. The exhibition’s title is culled verbatim from Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Appropriation does not stop there, however, for #makeamericagreatagain thematically rubs up against the demagoguery prevalent in the current American social and political landscape and rhetoric espoused by primary candidates to engender fear in the American public.
The appropriated hashtag also serves as curatorial device to further expand the exhibition into social media. The exhibition-viewing public and those not physically present to see the show, will be asked to upload images or texts with the hashtag of #makamericagreatgain onto Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. These contributions will become part of the exhibition and will be interventions into existing social media sites with the same hashtag.

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes