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Flag Day Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 14, 6-9pm Featuring diverse cultural clothing demonstrations.
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E Pluribus Closing Reception: Thursday, July 13, 6-9pm Featuring a discussion of sacred cultural symbology.
Muriel Stockdale’s United States flag series, E Pluribus, expresses the many colors of patriotism found everyday in one of the most diverse cultural amalgamation in the world, that of the United States. Stockdale’s flags, exquisitely hand-crafted in the USA from fabrics representive of the diversity of cultures that make up this "American mosaic," are not intended as an expression of American imperialism, but rather, as a celebration of diversity and harmony among all people living here in the United States. In her celebration of "diverse America," it is Stockdale's mission to highlight the "equality within gorgeous difference of expression."
As an immigrant, Stockdale is awed by the harmonious co-existence of Americans who celebrate their freedom in such a wide array of different ways. Out of the dissension and protest against oppression by which this country was created, the country's founders forged documents and mandates that guarantee hope and freedom for all people. But, it is only by recognizing each other within our right to be different, that we can truly restore hope and freedom for all people.
In the United States of America, patriotism is multifaceted, multicolored, and multidimensional. E Pluribus presents a series of surprising US Flags that invite a broader look at what patriotism is and can be in the future.
About the Artist Muriel Stockdale was born in Yorkshire, England and came to the US at age 13. She earned a BS at the University of Vermont and an MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in Theater Design, then taught at NYU for 14 years.
For over 30 years, Stockdale has enjoyed an extensive and varied career in the entertainment industry, thus cultivating a stellar professional ethic and network of professional contacts. She has created scenery and many costumes for many producers of film, TV, and live entertainment. Among these are Disney's CityKids and Out of the Box; Children’s Television Workshop's Ghost Writer, NBC's Law and Order, CBS's Guiding Light, PBS, ABC's One Life to Live, Universal Television's The Equalizer, The Vineyard and Public Theaters, The Champlain Shakespeare Festival, and dozens of US and European regional theaters. Stockdale has worked with renowned, award-winning performers, directors, writers, and composers such as Richard Adler, Colleen Dewhurst, Adriana Trigiani, Kermit the Frog, Tony Roberts, S. Epatha Merkeson, Lynn Redgrave, and Edward Albee. She has spend over 20 years working with Jim Henson Productions, building and designing costumes for puppets and people.
Currently, as part of her mission to create uplifting entertainment, Stockdale is promoting her recently published novel, GABRIEL BORN and completing an opera based on the Hindu scripture, THE RAMAYANA. Also, she is working on a final E Pluribus flag, that will be 30 by 50 feet, to be installed at 3 World Trade Center, as part of a temporary exhibition set to occur upon completion of the building. This flag will mark the closing of the E Pluribus flag series. Afterward, Stockdale intends to continue exploring and celebrating diversity through portraits painted within the colors and patterns of the subject's heritage.
More About the E Pluribus Series
Stockdale has continued adding to and devleping her series of USA flags since 2003. The series is inspired by the diverse cultures of people coexisting in this great country. Since 2004, the flags have been exhibited in over 20 venues including libraries in Queens, NY, Galleries in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut. The New Britain Museum of American Art owns the original E Pluribus African flag as part of its permanent collection. Since February 2011, many flags have been displayed at Charlotte’s Place, an elegant community center at the Trinity Church in NYC, which closed in 2014. Stockdale was commissioned by Trinity Church to oversee construction of a community art flag to honor the tenth anniversary of 9/11. That flag, entitled “Out of Many, ONE,” which is 8 by 11 feet, can also be seen at the church. E Pluribus’ last gallery exhibit was in Fairfield, CT at ARC Fine Art. Before that, E Pluribus enjoyed a solo exhibit at the Charles B. Wang Center at SUNY Stony Brook NY.