The Freedom Project: Text/Context
An exhibition by the Chipstone Foundation
August 22 - December 22, 2012

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History—the study of past human events, words, and creations—is an imprecise science. The authoritative words we read in history books often do not fully correspond with reality. This inconsistency applies not only to the interpretive words written by historians, but also to the original quotes uttered by figures from the past. In this gallery, you encounter a small gathering of objects that are in one way or another linked to the laudable concept of human freedom. Yet their stories are complex and, at times, conflicted. They suggest that understanding the past begins when we consider multiple perspectives and voices—when we replace the idea of "reading history" with the broader concept of "exposing histories."