star telegram review: ‘where is the power’ at fort worth contemporary arts


Consider “where is the power.” Terri Thornton frames her first curatorial effort under this umbrella. She uses no punctuation or capitalization, so the phrase can be read in a number of linguistic possibilities.

Is it a question or a statement? Is “where” to be emphasized, or is it “power” that’s most important? Is it more resonant in an election year than it would be at another time?

The four-word query captured her imagination in November 2009. She remembers the date clearly, as she was reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Thich Nhat Hanh’s The Art of Power. It was Woolf’s insistence on personal inquiry that prompted Thornton’s journey, which led to this exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

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