In her 1988 collection of essays, A Burst of Light, Audre Lorde proclaims, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and this is a an act of political warfare.” With this powerful and still relevant statement in mind, White Toy Box is proud to present Take Care, an exhibition and zine featuring the Artists:  Abby Ryder, Adam Pivirotto, Annie Elliot, Benjamin DeMott, Cam Jacob, Camila Vela, Casey Clark, Courtney Surmanek, Dani Dimon, Daniel Gellai, Darena Georgieva, Delaney DeMott, Dillon Snyder, Dillon Stickle, Ellen Mitnik, Julia Kukkonen, Kei Ota, Magge Gallen, Margaret Pendleton, Mary Boo Anderson, Matt Smith, Nora Normile, Oscar Lozano Perez, Ruby Mora, Tyler Washington, Valentina Vela, Vanessa Castro, and Zachary Cincotta.

In a culture that often glorifies workaholics, Take Care is an exhibition that stresses the importance of slowing down, paying attention and looking carefully enough to recognize the things that nourish, restore and sustain us as individuals. “Self care” has increasingly become a buzzword often associated with luxury and consumption, yet the artists in the show challenge the notion that self care is a singular experience, instead demonstrating the multitude of approaches they take in staying connected to both themselves and to others. They explore how gestures like sharing the intimacy of a video call, carving out space for beauty in their daily routines or maintaining one’s native language can all become powerful rituals as important as drinking enough water in preserving both mental and physical health.

Join us for an evening of visual art, poetry, performance, and video Saturday, June 30th from 6-9. This event will focus on the theme of self care and will showcase local artists as well as an international community of makers and thinkers. Thanks to Goggleworks Center for the Arts and NextGen America for collaborating with us and making this event possible.

Performances starting at 7pm