White Noise

Preferred Name

Chris Cohen

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


Cole Welter

Aderonke Adesanya

William H. Wightman


White Noise investigates moments when white supremacist ideology injects itself into the conversation about American Identity and American History in an attempt to co- opt those definitions and control the conversation. The exhibition considers the effects of this identity crisis on American identity, white identity, American history, and family unity. The exhibition looks at these issues through the lens of the Virginia Historical Markers program, Civil War Re-enactment, contemporary white identity politics and supremacy, monuments, educational history museums, and the artist’s personal narrative about white supremacy as it relates to his own sense of loyalty and connection to his family. By weaving a personal narrative of division and loss caused by these racist ideologies, into a wider narrative of loss and destruction caused by white supremacy the artists hopes to open a dialogue about the damage that white supremacy causes, both to the people it targets, and to the humanity, culture, and identity of its proponents and those they supposedly identify with.