Artist Barbara Kruger plays with words.

Her installation at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC invites you to think: it’s called Belief+Doubt.

Plastered on the museum walls and archways are bold words colored in red, white and black.

Turns of phrase beg you to pay attention:

Plenty should be enough.

Admit nothing. Blame everyone.

I shop therefore I am.

The irony of the exhibit being located cheek to jowl with our governing officials isn’t lost on visitors.

But such phrases hit close to home regardless.

That’s the power of the exhibit: everyone gets to see herself reflected in the power of the words.

[Photo from the Smithsonian]



About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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