Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas

On view from October 8, 2013 – December 10, 2013

The German artist and pacifist Kathe Kollwitz observed in 1944 that “Every war is answered by a new war, until everything, everything is smashed. That is why I am wholeheartedly for a radical end to this madness…Pacifism simply is not a matter of calm looking on; it is work, hard work.” The artists in “Women’s Call for Peace” embody this very idea of pacifist militancy. While women are rarely the perpetrators of war, they nonetheless suffer its devastating effects—the loss of their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, husbands and homes. Therefore, women must assume responsibility for ending violent human conflict; they must raise their voices against violent aggression and insist on a world that is safe for themselves and their children. These are the goals of the distinguished participants in “Women Call for Peace”—Christian, Muslin, and Jewish, Black, White, and Asian—whose art works eloquently and vehemently advocate for global peace.


History! Hauntings and Palimpsests

On view from April 15th – May 22nd, 2013

Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

History! Hauntings and Palimpsests investigates ways in which artworks convey complex layers of information and experience through narrative and through process.

The works in the exhibition encompass a variety of media, from video to print, from photograph to drawing, from sculpture to painting. They are a sample of the vibrant community of visual artists at John Jay College.

With works by: Michael Bilsborough, Corinne Botz, Paul Brown, Frank Gimpaya, Stephanie Hightower, Kira Lynn Harris, Cyriaco Lopes, Nyeema Morgan, Sana Musasama, Stella Nicolaou, Filip Nosterdaeme, Bill Pangburn, Milena Popov, Mary Ting, and Roberto Visani.

Cyriaco Lopes: Crimes Against Love.

On view from June 13th, 2012 – September 7th, 2012

President’s Gallery

Brazil has sanctioned same-sex civil unions throughout its territory and hosts the largest Gay Pride parade in the world. At the same time, the country has one of the highest rates of violence against homosexuals. Crimes Against Love memorializes some of these victims of intolerance. Each piece juxtaposes large format images of ravaged sculptures taken from Greco-Roman and Medieval collections of preeminent museums, all printed on fabric, with micro narratives taken from the newspapers. A law that would criminalize homophobia has been proposed in 2001 and is yet to be voted by Congress.

Curated by Claudia Calirman & Thalia Vrachopolous