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The Architects of Freedoms: The Divergent Americannesses of Thomas Jefferson and Luis A. Jiménez

Event Date:Thursday, February 22, 2018
Event Time:5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Ulrich Museum of Art

Thomas Jefferson became known as the "architect of freedom" after writing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But what constitutes freedom and who gets to partake of its full power?

Like most educated men of the 18th century, Jefferson assumed the full scope of the freedoms promised in the phrase "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," applied only to white property-owning men.

In "The Mass of Mankind...Thomas Jefferson Quote" (1992), the artist-turned-architect, Luis Jiménez, invites us to examine the absurdity of American racism, codified into colonial slave law, ratified into the nation's government and embedded into the American economy that leaves the fullness of Jefferson's core American promises unmet, while challenging us to reconsider what it means to be an American.

Reception is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 316-978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu
Open to the public.
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