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CULT OF PERSONALITY
Christian Holstad

Saturday, March 18 - Sunday, May 28, 2017
Monday through Saturday: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Reception and Panel Discussion: Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 2:00 PM

NOVA Southeastern University
Alvin Sherman Library
Second Floor, Cotilla Gallery
3100 Ray Ferrero Jr., Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314

Admission free and open to the public
Public.Library.Nova.edu

The title of the exhibition, Cult of Personality arises from the term, which describes the use of mass media, propaganda, or other methods to create an idealized, heroic, and at times worshipful image. This often occurs through unquestioning flattery and praise. In the beginning, “Cult of Personality” had no political connotations, but was closely related to the “Romantic Cult of the Genius”, which originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century. This movement was characterized by a belief in the importance of the individual, the personal and the subjective. Sociologist Max Webber developed a classification where the “Cult of Personality” shared a similarity with charismatic authority.

Christian Holstad (born 1972, California,) is an American artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Holstad received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994. Holstad’s practice reflects his interest in crafts, handmade objects, textiles, and his appreciation for American culture and history. His work embodies a Camp aesthetic sensibility. With references to Kitsch, Camp was very much part of the 1960’s – 1970’s culture, and is often associated with filmmakers, artists and performers like John Waters and his films Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, and Polyester, Andy Warhol, Divine, Liberace, and Marilyn Monroe.

A reception and panel discussion featuring Rosa de la Cruz, Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and Ibett Yanez, director of the de la Cruz collection will be held on April 8 at 2:00 pm in the Adolfo and Marisela Cotilla Gallery. The discussion will focus on the work of Christian Holstad.


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