National Liberty Museum Presents the Power of Art as Civic Dialogue as it Hosts an Ambitious New Exhibition Curated by Philadelphia Sculptors

Opening May 10, the National Liberty Museum is hosting an ambitious multi-media exhibition, In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation, curated by Philadelphia Sculptors. The exhibition features sculptures and large-scale installations by seven internationally acclaimed artists displayed across three of NLM’s four floors.

For the exhibition, Philadelphia Sculptors invited works from cross-disciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha, sculptor Angel Cabrales, multi-disciplinary artist Nicholas Galanin, visual artist Arghavan Khosravi, social practice and fiber artist Aram Han Sifuentes, multi-disciplinary artist Artur Silva, and multi-media project-based artist Marisa Williamson.

In Pursuit serves as a form of civic dialogue, delving into the rich complexity of the American story while acknowledging the many perspectives and journeys that have shaped it. The exhibition is a reflection on a nation that is continuously shaped and enriched by its people, inviting viewers to imagine a shared future that honors the sanctity of one and dignity of all. The powerful collection examines themes of justice, freedom, human rights, cultural identity and belonging, exploring and expanding on our understanding of America’s past and present.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, NLM will host a Community Open House on Saturday, May 11, from 10 am to 5 pm. The event will feature pay-what-you-wish admission and include creative activities for all ages.

From April 9 to April 17, NLM will be closed in preparation for In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation. The Museum reopens on April 18, at which time guests can enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission to view Project Liberty: A Design Challenge, the Flame of Liberty Gallery, and the Heroes from Around The World Gallery. Visitors are invited to stop by and see liberty in action as NLM revitalizes its galleries in preparation for In Pursuit’s opening on May 10. Following the exhibition opening, NLM is excited to introduce Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, May 15 until Wednesday July 31.

“NLM looks forward to sparking meaningful discussions on the themes highlighted by this exhibition,” said Dr. Alaine K. Arnott, President and CEO of NLM. “Each exhibition NLM hosts brings together voices from varying perspectives, fostering a museum culture that values free thought, civil dialogue, and respect for all. In Pursuit offers a unique opportunity to explore liberty through the perspectives of seven nationally renowned artists and to witness art’s role in civil discourse. We are committed to cultivating deeper conversations and facilitating connections between the public, artists, and experts who are shaping the narratives defining our nation.”

As In Pursuit: Artists’ Perspectives on a Nation unfolds, visitors are immersed in a compelling narrative that encourages reflection and dialogue, catharsis and healing, fostering a profound cultural understanding and bearing witness to the power of art as a catalyst for positive change.

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Artist Bios

Arghavan Khosravi

Aram Han Sifuentes

Angel Cabrales

Nicholas Galanin

Artur Silva

Marisa Williamson

Anila Quayyum Agha

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