More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness presents work by some of today’s most accomplished and promising international artists who are examining our shifting experience of reality. Over the past century, during a period of unprecedented technological change and global social upheaval, once-established beliefs, or “truths,” have been cast into doubt, changing and shaping our understanding and experience of reality. Through diverse media and in unexpected ways, this exhibition explores the impact and role of deception, play, memory, power, simulation, and new technologies on art and everyday life.
The exhibition proposes that we now live in an “Age of Truthiness,” a time when our understanding of the truth is no longer bound to anything tangible, provable, or factual.
In 2005, Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of the popular satirical news program, “The Colbert Report,” coined the word “truthiness” and brought it to the forefront of the English lexicon. Defined by the American Dialect Society as “the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true,” the notion of “truthiness” quickly caught hold and it became Merriam-Webster’s word of the year in 2006. By presenting art that reveals, confronts, and questions the nature of reality in an age when the relationships between truth and fiction have never been less definitive, More Real? explores our constantly changing shared sense of what is real.
SITE Santa Fe would like to acknowledge the following individuals and institutions for their generous support of More Real?
Marlene Nathan Meyerson
National Endowment for the Arts
Jeanne & Michael L. Klein
Anne & John Marion
SITE Santa Fe Foundation Council
Marlene Nathan Meyerson
Barabara & Chuck Moore
Rosina Lee Yue & Bert A. Lies, Jr. M.D.
Education Outreach Patrons
Karen & Steve Berkowitz
Joann & Gifford Phillips
Artist Panel Patron
Zane Bennett Gallery
Cornelia Bryer & Herman Siegelaar
Alicia & William A. Miller
Ann Tenenbaum & Thomas H. Lee
Terry & Richard Albright
Susan Foote & Stephen Feinberg
Rita & Kent Norton
Santa Fe Cardiology/Marcellin Simard, M.D.
Lorlee & Arnold Tenenbaum
Courtney Finch Taylor & Scott Taylor
Andrew Wallerstein & Mary Sloane
Kathy & Charles Webster
More Real? Artist Patrons
Fran A. Bass & Dr. Mark Ishimara
Suzanne Deal Booth & David G. Booth
David G. Booth
Nancy Ziegler Nodelman & Dwight Strong
Marilynn & Carl Thoma
UBS Private Wealth Management: Mark Elias
Garth Clark & Mark Delvecchio
Elaine & Ken Cole
Colleen & James Drake
Sandy & Jim Fitzpatrick
David Frank & Kazukuni Sugiyama
Katherine & James Gentry
Diane & Werner Grob
Pat T. Hall
Adrienne & Elliott Horwitch
Elizabeth & Bertil Lundqvist
Robin Merlo & Michael Lescander
JoAnn & Steve Ruppert
Lyn & Pete Selig
A. Thomas Torres & Susan Emerling