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Under the Rug: A Look at Institutional Dishonesty

Under the Rug: A Look at Institutional Dishonesty,  on display at Iona College in New York,  features work by SoVA alumni Bryan Billingsley, Erica Harney, Amy Moosman, Jeff Siegel, William Snyder III, and SoVA faculty member John Bowman. Participating artists investigate trends of institutional scandal and corruption that have been covered up or “swept under the rug.” The implications of such scandals not only reveal flaws in the institutions themselves, but the ripple effect of trust violations and cyclical patterns of power abuse is extensive and chillingly disconcerting.

Under the Rug: A Look at Institutional Dishonesty features work by artists in response to various forms of corruption and deception, covering such topics as the Watergate and Enron scandals, genocide in Rwanda, and Penn State sex abuse allegations, as well as various conspiracies, corruption, and deception committed by our leaders and icons.