I Am More Than …

For a few weeks now, the Westport Arts Center has been asking folks what they are “more than.”

Men, women and kids, old-timers and newcomers, well-known and unknown, politicians and business professionals, artists and athletes, religious figures and atheists — more than 500 people have responded.

They say: “I am more than … a housewife … my bank account … bi-polar … gay … Jewish … a twin … middle-aged … my pretty clothes … a mailman … a bald guy … an immigrant … a nun.”

They say it graphically: with words and photos.

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The images — dramatic and strong — were taken by Xenia Gross.

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Last night, the WAC hosted an opening reception for those dozens of “As We Are” portraits, and hundreds more cards. They’re part of a larger “MORE Than Words” exhibit — dedicated to artistic expressions of gender, racial, religious, geopolitical and age inequality, along with the impact of bullying.

Guests at last night's Westport Arts Center opening reception viewed dozens of "I am more than ..." posters.

Guests at last night’s Westport Arts Center opening reception viewed dozens of “I am more than …” posters.

A picture is indeed worth more than 1,000 words.

Or 7.

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The Westport Arts Center is located at 51 Riverside Avenue. The exhibition continues through March 11. Click here for more information. NOTE: A supporting event — a SlamJam featuring dance, music, rap, poetry, spoken word and song, performed by teens with something to say about empathy — is set for tomorrow (Sunday, January 29, 5 pm) at the Westport Country Playhouse. Click here for more information on that event.

6 responses to “I Am More Than …

  1. Don L Bergmann

    The Fine Arts Center, one more very appealing element in our Town. As the Brits would say, “good show”.
    Don Bergmann

  2. I’d love it if the intention were to bring us all together, rather than separate ourselves into ever-splintering identity groups, but I’m afraid this isn’t the idea. Certainly this phrase is not encouraging: “… dedicated to artistic expressions of gender, racial, religious, geopolitical and age inequality.”

  3. Re; Closing of Jos. Banks. Fortune article of 2015 Men’s Wearhouse and Jos Banks merged in 2015 it was a disaster for Men’s Wearhouse and they split.

    http://fortune.com/2015/12/10/jos-a-bank-mens-wearhouse-results/