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      "The People's Dinnerware" by Justin Rothshank in Fort Wayne

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      September 25, 2020 - October 11, 2020


      East Main Street
      Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

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      "The People's Dinnerware" by Justin Rothshank

      This is an exhibition of dinnerware featuring portraits of 90 Americans. One set contains images of each US president. President Grover Cleveland is depicted twice, as he was elected for 2 non-consecutive terms. The second set of dinnerware depicts an American from each presidential era.These Americans were chosen as a way to educate myself about the history of our country, and the diverse group of people who have made major contributions to the leadership and development of the country we live in. The evolution of this dinnerware set began in 2006 when I began reading Robert Caro’s monumental 4-volume book series on the life of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36 th president. In the 14 years since then I’ve read innumerable books about presidential history, biographies about unelected leaders, and children’s books highlighting accomplishments of US leaders from the past 250 years. Most recently, the book Schomburg by Carole Boston Weatherford has been incredibly inspiring in continuing the research for this project.

      Recent movements including the Black Lives Matter movement and the Me Too movement have reminded me that there is more to learn about the history of our country, and that even this monumental set of dinnerware set falls far short of the many stories remaining to be told. This set continues to be a work in progress. As I learn more, as our history evolves, and as I work to inform myself about better ways to present our history, this set will continue to evolve.

      — Justin Rothshank

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