June 19, 2017

Paul Ramírez Jonas debuts “Half-Truths” at New Museum  

The New Museum's 'Half-Truth's' exhibition employs participants to engage in works of art that focus on the nuances of trust today.

by Erika Riley

Paul Ramírez Jonas, Alternative Facts, 2017 (detail). Installation and performance. Courtesy the artist
Paul Ramírez Jonas, "Alternative Facts," 2017 (detail). Installation and performance. Courtesy the artist

An exhibition of two new interactive works by Paul Ramírez Jonas titled Half-Truths is featured on the New Museum's Fifth Floor from July 5 to September 17. The two works, Fake ID and Alternative Facts will be facilitated by members of the Teen Apprentice Program during normal museum hours, and Ramírez Jonas himself will be present to interact with visitors in regards to Alternative Facts on Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., during the museum's pay-what-you-wish hours.

Half-Truths explores social contracts and their implicit role in governmental institutions, while commenting on a political climate riddled with authoritarianism and the de-legitimization of truth through the "dishonest media." The exhibition inspires thoughtful discourse on the constructions of identity today. Ramírez Jonas, a citizen of both the United States and Honduras, was raised in Honduras and is currently an Associate Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.

New Museum is located at 235 Bowery Street, NYC 10012.

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