April 6 - June 9, 2019
PostSecretX is an art installation of thousands of postcards anonymously submitted from around the world to Frank Warren, who began PostSecret as a community art project in 2004. The exhibition explores the impact of secrets, secret-sharing, and artistic expression of secrets among young adults to help promote a campus-wide supportive environment for students who are affected by mental health issues. To date, more than one million postcards offering highly personal secrets have been mailed to Warren from around the world. Collections have been displayed at the White House and Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Warren, a nationally known Active Minds speaker and author, will appear on campus for a presentation and book signing on Wednesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Lemmond Theatre in Walsh Hall, He will discuss the history of PostSecret and encourage students to not only speak out but to create support networks to assist each other.
For the installation at Misericordia, we will highlight postcards relevant to young adults, in particular female students and students who are mothers. We are working with the Student Activities Office, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), and the Student Success Center to collect and include anonymous submissions by students at Misericordia University.”
In support of the upcoming “Pathways Out of Poverty” conference being organized by the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program on campus on May 22, a section of the PostSecretX exhibition will be devoted to increasing awareness of the impact of poverty on academic progress, especially for women. These anonymous postcards will illustrate responses to the question, ‘What are the specific obstacles for women, women with children, and children of single mothers as they pursue an education?
This exhibition demonstrates how the creative process makes the invisible visible. It follows the legacy of female artists such as Hannah Hoch, Barbara Kruger, and the Guerilla Girls, who have used paper and collage media as a catalyst for social action.
Among the postcard messages on display will be, “I was surprised when I got laid off. And sad. Now I’m relieved, and hoping they don’t ask me back!” "I am 38 and don’t have one single close friend. But I’m not giving up yet.” “I got in trouble when by boss found out I was being sexually harassed.”
To be included in the on campus installation, students can submit postcards at specially marked boxes around campus, including the residence halls, library, art gallery, and Student Success Center. Due to some sensitive content visitor discretion is advised.
Postcards for future PostSecret consideration can be sent to Frank Warren at PostSecret, 28241 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, or email secret images to Frank@PostSecret.com.