Earn a Merit Badge in Popular Art
Norman Rockwell and the Boy Scouts of America have a lot in common. Rockwell's beloved illustrations helped shape America's view of itself as it faced a rapidly changing world, and the Scouts were frequently Rockwell's subjects. Back in the day, the two shared the same wholesomely nostalgic, all-American image. But since their heyday, both have undergone image renovations -- and that's where their paths diverge. Rockwell has been re-evaluated by the urbane critics, collectors and curatorial authorities who once dismissed his work as simpleton kitsch and is gaining popularity with new generations. The Scouts, not so much. The embattled organization has become a lightning rod for its treatment of homosexuality -- and the Scouts hardly quelled the controversy by "allowing" gay scouts but still banning gay troop leaders. Now Subliminal Projects offers a bold group show of a dozen contemporary artists (including Kime Buzzelli, Tofer Chin, Alika Cooper, Noah Davis, Frohawk Two Feathers, Club Paint, Liz Craft, Vanessa Prager, Fay Ray and Eric Yahnker) who take on these dovetailed ideas directly. "Good Intentions: Reimagining Rockwell's Boy Scouts" not only provides a 21st-century perspective on its subjects but also demonstrates the enduring power of art to shape our vision of ourselves. Subliminal Projects, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park; Sat., June 22, 8-11 p.m.; free; exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through July 20. (213) /213-0078, subliminalprojects.com.
Wednesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 22. Continues through July 20, 2013
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