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“Murder, She Said”

On view November 15th, 2016-January 13th, 2017

This exhibition will explore why murder is so often a source of fascination—frequently inflected by irony and wry humor—in the visual arts today. Why are we fascinated with murder? Our bookstores, TV screens, movie houses, live theaters, and digital entertainment services all attest abundantly every day to a ubiquitous, unflagging interest in stories of violent death and its detection. Visual art, as the works assembled in “Murder, She Said” suggest, is also rife with both explicit depictions and oblique evocations of human slaughter. Moreover, the obsession prevails at every level of culture, from Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment (a masterful first-person tale of an axe murder) to Jim Thompson’s starkly titled The Killer Inside Me, from Jacques-Louis David’s elegant Death of Marat to Adam’s lurid crime-scene photographs. (more…)

ENDANGERED!

On view from November 14 – February 3, 2017

Presentation: Battle Zone Rhino: Syndicates Behind the Rhino Crisis 

ENDANGERED! the exhibition and its related programming is an emergency call to save the imperiled creatures whose precarious state is completely human caused. The endangered species crisis is growing at an alarming rate due to wildlife trafficking for animal parts and the exotic pet trade; habitat loss, degradation and conflicts due to the mining, logging, drilling, dams, agriculture, and livestock grazing, and further exacerbated by climate change. Wildlife trafficking with its direct ties to criminal syndicates and weapons threatens the rule of law, social stability and global security. This crisis is not just about the animals and regional problems – this involves all of us. (more…)

Symposium: Collateral Damage: Wartime Atrocity and Trauma

October 17th, 2016, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm 

The Washington Coalition for Comfort Women Issues and Human Right Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice is co-organizing the symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Collateral Damage (Sep. 8th – Oct. 21st, 2016) at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This exhibition examines issues of rampant violence during WWII, the Vietnam War, the rise of the Khmer Rouge, and other conflicts where innocent non-combatants were affected. The exhibit especially focuses on “comfort women” who were abused during WWII by Japanese military. The symposium will discuss diverse approaches and interpretations of wartime atrocities as recurrent human rights violations, literary narratives of sexual violence, postcolonial discourses, and historical readings of geopolitics. (more…)

Collateral Damage

September 8-October 21, 2016

This exhibition examines issues of rampant violence during WWII, the Vietnam War, Khmer Rouge and other conflicts where innocent non-combatants were affected. While these conflicts impacted everyone, women, children, elderly and the infirm suffered to a greater extent because of their vulnerability. Women especially were the subject of sexual assault and exploitation, and their bodies were often and still are, violated as a war tactic. The plight of women who suffered during times of conflict continues in the aftermath of war, not only because of the enormous psychological and emotional trauma that has marked them, but also the social and cultural stigma attached to their horrendous experiences.

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