A public square is a place where citizens can meet with friends or encounter people, ideas and info they didn't know they needed to know; discuss and form plans regarding issues of common concern, appeal for relief from injustice or suffering; relax and play with others; and generally enjoy, discover and contribute to their communities. Public squares exist in "meatspace" (the physical world) and in spaces we think of as virtual, such as online.
The works in common ground are created amid concerns about the hard and soft infrastructures that support and control our physical and virtual public squares, as well as the ways in which we're increasingly atomized into individual and tribal "bubbles" defined by distractions or wedge issues, with far-reaching effects for both our personal psyches and society at large. The exhibition seeks to focus attention on the possibility of areas of agreement with "the other side" and create space for conversation about how we might come together both to further our common interests and to restore or re-create our public commons.
Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors 65+, $4 non-SMU students; free for members, children under 12, and SMU faculty/staff/students; free Thursdays 5-9 p.m.
*Note: The exhibition will open at 5 p.m. on November 7.