Fractured Narratives features contemporary art that addresses today's global issues, including privacy, modern warfare, the environment, and freedom of expression. The selection of film, photography, painting, sculpture, and sound art by famous and emerging artists invites visitors to reflect upon the ambiguities of modern, fragmented accounts. These current intercontinental and cross-cultural stories supplement and enhance the largely historical world art collection at the David Owsley Museum of Art.
In the exhibition catalogue, curators Amy Galpin and Abigail Ross Goodman state that they selected works by artists who "purposefully avoid didactic or direct polemical expression as they take on social, political, or cultural content to create opportunities for a challenging, uncomfortable, and nuanced consideration of their subjects."
Fractured Narratives draws much of its content from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. By partnering with the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins, the Owsley brings recent work by international artists to the Ball State community and the city of Muncie. Along with Rivane Neuenschwander, the artists include: Dawoud Bey, Eric Gottesman, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Amar Kanwar, William Kentridge, An-My Lê, Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, "Moris" Israel Moreno, Trevor Paglen, Sandra Ramos, and Martha Rosler.
The exhibition runs from 30 January until 3 May 2015.