Flux Night 2015: Dream
by curator, Nato Thompson
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. It was a dream that seemed to guide his actions, his words, his activism, and his faith. In August of 1963 at the culmination of The March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. put his dream into words. They were sweet, eloquent, hypnotic words that stirred the hopes of a country and its imagination. His dream asked for the best in people and in a sense, asked for the world to become the place we dreamed about.
This site-specific art exhibition takes as its source of inspiration, Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. For dreams, those visions when we sleep, the realm of desires, of hopes, of fears and new futures, are also the material of artists.
Flux Night 2015: Dream is not itself nostalgic as neither are dreams, but is instead a collective imaginative exploration of equity and justice.
About Nato Thompson
Since January 2007, Nato Thompson has organized major projects for Creative Time including the annual Creative Time Summit, Living as Form (2011), Paul Ramirez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie (2009), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), Paul Chan’s acclaimed Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007) and Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum with curator Peter Eleey. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004) with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including BookForum, Frieze, Art Journal, Art Forum, Parkett, Cabinetand The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. The College Art Association awarded him for distinguished writing in Art Journal in 2004. He curated the exhibition for Independent Curators International titled Experimental Geography with a book available by Melville House Publishing. His book Seeing Power: Socially Engaged Art in the Age of Cultural Production was published by Melville House in January 2012.