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21c Durham Raises Robert Longo’s “Untitled (Dividing Time)” Flag in Tandem with Creative Time

This morning at 10 a.m., in partnership with Creative Time, 21c Museum Hotel Durham hoisted the fourth public artwork in the nationwide Pledges of Allegiance series, Untitled​ ​(Dividing​ ​Time),​​ ​by​ ​artist​ ​​Robert​ ​Longo​.

“​I​ ​created​ ​this​ ​flag​ ​for​ ​Creative​ ​Time’s​ ​​Pledges​ ​of​ ​Allegiance​​ ​project​ ​based​ ​on​ ​a​ ​large-scale​ ​charcoal drawing​ ​I​ ​completed​ ​on​ ​the​ ​day​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​recent​ ​presidential​ ​election.​ ​The​ ​drawing,​ U​​ ntitled​ ​(Nov.​ ​8, 2016)​,​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​a​ ​left​ ​and​ ​right​ ​panel,​ ​with​ ​five​ ​inches​ ​separating​ ​them,”​ ​said​ ​artist​ ​Robert​ ​Longo.​ ​“I chose​ ​to​ ​draw​ ​the​ ​right​ ​panel​ ​larger​ ​but​ ​with​ ​fewer​ ​stars;​ ​my​ ​intention​ ​is​ ​to​ ​present​ ​the​ ​current symptomatic​ ​divide​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States.”

Longo’s Pledges of Allegiance flag is based on the artist’s 2016 large-scale charcoal drawing, exhibited in Longo’s “The Destroyer Cycle” exhibition at Metro Pictures in New York City. The drawing titled Untitled (Nov. 8, 2016) was completed the day of the recent presidential election. The two-panel drawing of the American flag is separated by five inches between the left panel and right panel, the latter measures slightly larger than the former. This monumental work reflects the current symptomatic divide in the United States.

As part of 21c’s partnership with Creative Time, a new artist-designed flag will be installed at 21c Durham on the same day the flag is raised at Creative Time headquarters in New York City and at other partner sites for the next six months.

In a gesture of solidarity, the flag will be raised simultaneously at the following ten locations: Creative Time headquarters at 59 E 4th Street and Aldrich​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​​in​ ​​Ridgefield,​ ​CT, Brooklyn​ ​Museum​ ​​in​ ​Brooklyn,​ ​NY, Herbert​ ​F​ ​Johnson​ ​Museum​ ​of​ ​Art​ ​​at​ ​Cornell​ ​University​ ​in​ ​Ithaca,​ ​NY, Kemper​ ​Art​ ​Museum​ ​at​ ​Washington​ ​University​​ ​in​ ​St.​ ​Louis, Museum​ ​of​ ​Contemporary​ ​Art​ ​Detroit​ ​(MOCAD)​ ​​in​​ ​​Detroit,​ ​MI, RISD​ ​Museum​ ​​at​ ​Rhode​ ​Island​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Design​ ​in​ ​​Providence​,​ ​RI, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, KMAC​ ​Museum​ ​​in​ ​Louisville,​ ​KY and 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina. Longo’s flag will fly for the remainder of the month before being replaced by the next Pledges of Allegiance flag.

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Image: 21c Museum Hotels presents Untitled​ ​(Dividing​ ​Time), by Robert Longo, part of Creative Time’s Pledges of Allegiance. Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.

Robert Longo (b. 1953) is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, and musician. He was among the five artists included in the seminal 1977 exhibition “Pictures” at Artists Space in New York. Longo has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial. He has had several retrospective exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice. His latest solo exhibition, “The Destroyer Cycle” opened in May at Metro Pictures in New York City. Alongside Kate Fowle, Longo recently co-curated the exhibition at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, “PROOF: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo,” which travels to the Brooklyn Museum in September 2017. Robert Longo lives and works in New York and is represented by Metro Pictures, NYC; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg; and Capitain Petzel, Berlin.

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