Once upon a time, Schoolhouse Rock taught children about “The Great American Melting Pot” and how liberty was built on the amalgamation of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural ideas. These days, “immigrant” is often an epithet, and many consider assimilation as the only mode of survival for those not born on American soil. Vietnam-born artist Anh-Thuy-Nguyen rejects the demand to whitewash away her Eastern origins in Ghost Towns, an exploration of the solitude she found in forming a relationship with the West. An MFA candidate at SMU and member of the juried 500XPO 2012, Nguyen uses cyanotypes –– a process known for its signature, rich blues — to develop plaintive landscapes emphasized by architectural ruin and decay. On exhibition at Mercantile Coffee House, and partnered with the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Ghost Towns runs from April 5 through May 2 at 1800 Main St. Join the Merc for an opening reception on April 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. Call 214-953-1212 or visit mchdallas.com for more details.
Thu., April 5, 2012