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TRUTH, January 20, 2018, from MELTED AWAY series by LigoranoReese

TRUTH BE TOLD, the 6th temporary monument in the Melted Away series by LigoranoReese, was live streamed from the public garden of Jim Kempner Fine Art, NY, 501 West 23rd St at 10th Avenue, starting Saturday, January 20 at 3pm.

On January 20, 2018, the first anniversary of the Trump administration, conceptual artists LigoranoReese are melting a 2,000 pound ice sculpture of the word Truth in the garden of Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City. The installation, Truth be Told,symbolizes the emergence of an alternate fact world – where belief supplants truth.

The work will last for days, one week, possibly longer, an almost imperceptible disintegration that belies the force and speed at which the current administration is attempting to undermine the basic concepts of our nation’s history and governance.

Truth Be Told is the sixth sculpture of Melted Away the temporary monuments series begun in 2006. In presenting these works the artists have discovered that melting ice is an ideal medium to depict the transformation of social values and semantic meaning. Remarking on Melted Away, art critic Robert Atkins has written, The ice sculpture’s straightforward display conceals a rare capacity to elicit complex reactions and intense emotions demonstrating sculpture’s power to engage our bodily awareness.”

On January 20 of last year, we entered uncharted territory with no exact way to measure just how far away real ground truth lies. The monuments of Melted Away are markers for the opening decades in the 21st century – first, DEMOCRACY is broken, then, the ECONOMY ruined; the MIDDLE CLASS disappears, THE FUTURE is tenuous, THE AMERICAN DREAM vanishes, and TRUTH remains an open question.

Visit the Melted Away website to see images and video of other Melted Away monuments here



TRUTH BE TOLD TEAM LigoranoReese – Artists, Lisa Guido – Social Media, Diane Bertolo – Lotus + Pixel – Website Designer Shintaro Okamoto, Thomas Browne  – Okamoto Studio – Ice


Lydia Cheney & Jim Sokol, Jim Kempner, Wanda Kownacki, Peter and Beverly Lipman, Michael Mann, Yvonne and Mike Nevins, Sarah and Steve Sorkin, Deborah Wexler

Dru Arstark, Diane Bertolo, Catharine Clark, Nina Colosi, Lisa Guido, Perry Hoberman – School of Cinematic Studies, University of Southern California, Jim Kempner – Jim Kempner Fine Art, Cathy Kimball, Sondra Kitchen, Wanda Kownacki, Todd Lester, David Lopez, JoAnne Northrup, Shintaro Okamoto, Roddy Schrock, Kristin Soderqvist,  Isabel Sullivan, Sally Szwed, Shawn van Sluys – Musagetes Foundation, Maria Venuto – The Standby Program, John Weber – Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

TRUTH BE TOLD streaming partners include:

●      ArtsEverywhere, Guelph, Ontario, Canada ●      Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco ●      Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida ●      Eyebeam, New York City ●      Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada ●      Institute of the Arts and Sciences and Digital Art/New Media MFA Program UC Santa Cruz Arts Division ●      Nevada Museum of Art, Reno ●      San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose ●      Streaming Museum, New York City ●      Division of Media Arts + Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles ●      And Artists LigoranoReese

Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese collaborate as LigoranoReese. Their work is an ongoing investigation into the impact of technology on society and the rhetoric of politics and visual culture in the media. They have exhibited at the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Cartegena, Colombia, Catharine Clark Gallery, Kent Fine Art, Portland Art Museum, MIT MediaLab, Museum of Arts & Design, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center. They have received funding from the Jerome Foundation, Puffin Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, NEA, and been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Montalvo Arts Center, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. They are represented by Catharine Clark Gallery and Jim Kempner Fine Art. They are exhibiting a new series of artworks at Catharine Clark Gallery from January 27 through March 17, 2018.

Print materials

Pdf/print 8.5 x 17 parallel fold document about the project with essay by poet James Sherry can be downloaded here:



Watch Thomas Browne sculpt the first letter that’s part of the 200 pounds of ice he has carved at Okamoto Studio in Long Island City for the massive TRUTH BE TOLD ice sculpture by LigoranoReese. It’s melting away on the anniversary of the Trump inauguration January 20, 2018 at Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City.




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