We Need to Talk: Open Call Exhibition of Breakup Art & Artifacts


We Need to Talk
An open call exhibition of break-up art and artifacts
Exhibition opening reception: Friday, February 10, 5-8pm
Exhibition on view February 10-February 18

This exhibition opportunity is open to all people who have suffered (or are currently suffering) heartbreak in any capacity. Please submit a memento of the break-up along with the object’s story. The object may be untouched, or it may inspire, or be transformed into, a new work of art. The artifact (or art object) will be displayed alongside the object’s story in the exhibition. Entries can be anonymous.
Online Submission deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017
Artwork drop-off: Thursday, February 2,  and Friday, February 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sometimes, love ends. Romantic relationships, familial relationships, relationships with places, our former selves, or even really, really great pieces of pizza — they all have to end. These relationships tend to be hard to let go of. Be they genial, terrible, or downright awful, most people have an object, memento, or souvenir of each broken relationship that, because of it’s meaning, they just can’t throw away. These mundane objects are transformed into totems of memory, becoming the holy tangibles of a relationship ceased. This exhibition focuses on those objects and their stories and aims to offer one final bit of catharsis. Or at least a final chance to say … “Boy, Bye!!!” Instead of burning the coat from that jerk who told you “It’s not you, it’s me,” exhibit it here! Bring out of the woodwork that shrine to Harold Pandinsky you’ve had in the back of your closet since sixth grade.
The idea for this exhibition is drawn from the Museum of Broken Relationships, which has two locations in Los Angeles and Zabreb, Croatia. The museum website states: “The original concepts of an artist ex-couple in the midst of their own breakup, whom wondered what people did with objects that had been meaningful in their relationships. In 2006, they had their first exhibition and the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection. They opened their permanent museum in Zagreb, Croatia in 2010, and a follow-up museum has also sprung up in Los Angeles, California.”
Crosstown Arts has organized this exhibition to coincide with The Break Up Show 6, taking place at The New Daisy Theater on Saturday, February 11th. During the opening reception of “We Need To Talk” on Friday, February 10th, The Break-Up Show cast will be performing a free and open-to-the-public dress rehearsal of The Break Up Show 6 next door at 430 N. Cleveland.
This is a non-juried showcase. Each person may submit up to three pieces (minimum one will show) in any genre. All objects/artwork should be ready to hang or install. Works larger than 4’x4′ (2D), 1’x1’x2′ (3D), and alternative genres or installations are subject to approval based on space limitations.
Work can be listed for sale. Crosstown Arts does not take a commission.
Please submit information and images through this online form by Friday, January 27th.
If you have questions, please email Sadie Yanckello at sadie@crosstownarts.org

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