THE UN-HEROIC ACT:
Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.
EXHIBITION TOUR & ARTIST TALK: The Personal Sphere
WED., OCTOBER 24, 6-8 PM
Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 860 Eleventh Avenue (at 59th Street)
The evening starts with a tour of the exhibition with curator Monika Fabijanska. Artists Angela Fraleigh and Roya Amigh discuss what artistic means artists employ to tell personal stories.
On view September 7, 2017 -November 3, 2017
This exhibit presents the work of some of the most dedicated Chinese contemporary artists who explore in their works the issue of human rights in China, focusing on such issues as democracy, homelessness, corruption, prostitution, unwarranted incarceration, and appropriation of public resources for private benefit and more. Using a variety of media – painting, photographs, documentary video, sculpture, installation and music – they present the normal circumstances of life in China where human rights are commonly abused. Compared to the high-speed development of the economy promoted by the Chinese government, human rights have been delayed in this social political system that caused intense conflict in Chinese society. Even the basic rights for modern society are challenged. (more…)
On view May 5th-July 21st, 2017
Opening Reception on May 5th, 2017
Violence – and the threat of it- is a pre-political manner of communication and control. Since the beginning of time, man has depended on weapons to impose hierarchy of some kind in his surroundings and society (and fundamentally to undermine equality).
From the axe over 1.5 million years ago to today’s killer drones, mankind’s use of weapons has been varied and incredibly inventive. Weapons have changed history and helped in the rise and fall of civilizations. For example, gunpowder, a Chinese invention, led to the development of cannons and guns—revolutionizing warfare in the Middle Ages and beyond. In the last century aerial weapons and the atomic bomb altered the course of the second world war and of the globe’s history; shifting the way battles are fought and won, and leading to the unmanned aerial vehicles used nowadays. (more…)
On view from March 20 through June 02, 2017
This show explores the world of imagination residing in the playfulness of imagery as it pertains to dreams. Legends, myths, and children’s fantasies as seen in Elysiac imagery rendered with seeming innocence while simultaneously containing biting commentaries. (more…)
On view from February 2, 2017 – March 31, 2017
The architecture and art of the urban space can be used to control the lives of its inhabitants; they can restrain their movements and install hierarchies beneficial to those in power. The eleven artists in Politicizing Space critique and subvert these purportedly aesthetic and artistic gestures by reinterpreting the symbolic mechanisms of control. Also under consideration is the age-old question of the balance of power between the art object and the viewer and the inherent competition for the domination of the given locale.