Spotlight by Marcus Jansen
Marcus Jansen, Spotlight (2020), Oil enamels and mixed media on canvas, 88 x 135 inches


Marcus Jansen, Barry Johnson and A'Driane Nieves

July 28 – September 4, 2020 | Opening Reception: July 30, 2020
Online Exclusive Exhibition
Curated by Emily Miraglia

This afternoon I would like to speak from the subject, “The Negro and the American Dream.” In a real sense America is essentially a dream--a dream yet unfulfilled. It is the dream of a land where men of all races, colors and creeds will live together as brothers. The substance of the dream is expressed in these sublime words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This is the dream. It is a profound, eloquent and unequivocal expression of the dignity and worth of all human personality.

But ever since the founding fathers of our nation dreamed this dream, America has manifested a schizophrenic personality. She has been torn between {two} selves--a self in which she has proudly professed democracy and a self in which she has sadly practiced the antithesis of democracy. Slavery and segregation have been strange paradoxes in a nation founded on the principle that all men are created equal.

-- Martin Luther King Jr. 

Excerpt from Address at the Annual Freedom Mass Meeting of the North Carolina State Conference of Branches of the NAACP, September 25, 1960