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Pledges of Allegiance

July 2017 – July 2018
USF Contemporary Art Museum

To follow the Pledges of Allegiance project in its entirety, visit the Creative Time site.

USF Contemporary Art Museum (USFCAM) is a participating institution in Pledges of Allegiance, a nationwide, year-long public art project featuring a serialized commission of flags created by acclaimed artists and presented by New York-based public art nonprofit Creative Time. Conceived in response to the current political climate, Pledges of Allegiance aims to inspire a sense of community among cultural institutions, and begin articulating the urgent response our political moment demands.

Throughout the year, USFCAM will mount a different artist-designed flag each month in coordination with Creative Time’s national public art initiative. Each flag embodies art’s ability to channel political passion, providing a symbol of allegiance around which to unite, as well as a call-to-action for institutions nationwide to raise upcoming Pledges of Allegiance flags in solidarity. This month, the flag was raised at USFCAM and the following four locations simultaneously: Creative Time headquarters at 59 E 4th Street and The Queens Museum in New York, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.

Participating artists in Pledges of Allegiance include Tania Bruguera, Alex Da Corte, Jeremy Deller, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Ann Hamilton, Robert Longo, Josephine Meckseper, Marilyn Minter, Vik Muniz, Jayson Musson, Ahmet Ögüt, Yoko Ono, Trevor Paglen, Pedro Reyes, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nari Ward.

Pledges of Allegiance was originally conceived by Alix Browne and developed in collaboration with Cian Browne, Fabienne Stephan, and Opening Ceremony.

Creative Time, the New York based public arts non-profit, is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our time. Creative Time presents the most innovative art in the public realm, providing new platforms to amplify the voices of artists, including the Creative Time Summit — an international conference convening at the intersection of art and social justice.

Since 1974, Creative Time has produced over 350 groundbreaking public art projects that ignite the imagination, explore ideas that shape society, and engage millions of people around the globe. The non-profit that since its inception has been at the forefront of socially engaged public art seeks to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire and challenge the public. Creative Time projects stimulate dialogue on timely issues, and initiate a dynamic experience between artists, sites, and audiences.

To promote the project via social media use #PledgesofAllegiance and tag @CreativeTimeNYC (Instagram) & @CreativeTime (Twitter)

Robert Longo
Untitled (Dividing Time), 2017

(currently on view)

Longo’s Untitled (Dividing Time) is based on the artist’s 2016 large-scale charcoal drawing, exhibited in Longo’s “The Destroyer Cycle” exhibition at Metro Pictures in New York City. The drawing titled Untitled (Nov. 8, 2016) was completed the day of therecent presidential election. The two-panel drawing of the American flag is separated by five inches between the left panel and right panel, the latter measures slightly larger than the former. This monumental work reflects the current symptomatic divide in the United States.

About the Artist
Robert Longo (b. 1953) is a New York-based artist, filmmaker, and musician. He was among the five artists included in the seminal 1977 exhibition Pictures at Artists Space in New York. Longo has exhibited extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta, and the Whitney Biennial. He has had several retrospective exhibitions, including exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice. His latest solo exhibition, “The Destroyer Cycle” opened in May at Metro Pictures in New York City. Alongside Kate Fowle, Longo recently co-curated the exhibition at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, “PROOF: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo,” which travels to the Brooklyn Museum in September 2017. Robert Longo lives and works in New York and is represented by Metro Pictures, NYC; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg; and Capitain Petzel, Berlin.

Robert Longo’s Untitled (Dividing Time) is on view at:
Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St, Ridgefield, CT
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY
21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI
Kemper Art Museum at Washington University, 1 Brookings Dr, St. Louis, MO
RISD Museum, 224 Benefit St, Providence, RI
KMAC Museum, 715 W Main St, Louisville, KY
Cornell’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY


Ward’s Breathing Flag references Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) flag combined with an African prayer symbol known as a Congolese Cosmogram, representing birth, life, death and rebirth. Ward explains, “several of these hole patterns are drilled into the floorboards of one of the oldest African-American churches in the United States in Savannah, Georgia. It is believed that the drilled pattern functioned as breathing holes for runaway slaves who, hiding under the floor, awaited safe transport north.” He continues, “the union of that moment and of Garvey’s black nationalist flag acknowledge the resilience of the human spirit to survive even as we continue the need to remind America that Black Lives Matter.”

Link to Vilcek Foundation video of Nari Ward speaking about his practice and influences

About the Artist
Nari Ward was born in St. Andrew, Jamaica and lives and works in New York. He graduated with a BA from City University of New York, Hunter College in 1989 and an MFA from City University of New York, Brooklyn College in 1992. Ward’s work has been widely exhibited on an international level, including solo exhibitions at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL (2015); and elsewhere. Ward’s solo exhibition G.O.A.T., again is currently on view at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City.

Nari Ward’s Breathing Flag is on view at:
- Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
- Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, New York City Building, Corona, NY
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
- 21C Museum Hotel Durham, 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC
- USFCAM, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL


Reimagining a more just and fluid global cartographic context, Tania Bruguera’s flag offers a vision for dignity of all peoples — regardless of citizenship and national territorial belonging.

About the Artist
Tania Bruguera was born in Havana, Cuba in 1968. Bruguera choreographs performances that question the possibility of political representation and attempt to collapse the distance between art and life, eroding institutionalized injustice and prejudicial hierarchies in the process. Bruguera is preparing to intervene in the 2018 Cuban elections in collaboration with Otro18.

Creative Time has previously worked with Tania Bruguera on Immigrant Movement International and the Creative Time Summit.

Tania Bruguera’s Dignity Has No Nationality was on view at:
- Creative Time Headquarters, 59 East 4th Street, NY, NY
- 67 Hudson Street, NY, NY
- USFCAM, 3821 USF Holly Drive, Tampa, FL