Events

Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay

President’s Gallery

On view October 2, 2017 -January 26, 2018


Detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantánamo Bay have made art from the time they arrived, at first clandestinely and then during classes provided by a Joint Task Force Guantánamo instructor. Ode to the Sea: Art from Guantánamo Bay displays over thirty of these evocative works, made by men held without trial, some for nearly 15 years. The eight artists include both current (Moath Al-Alwi, Ammar Al-Bluchi, Ahmed Rabbani, and Khalid Qasim) and former (Muhammad Ansi, Djamel Ameziane, Abdualmalik Abud, and Ghaleb Al-Bihani) detainees. (more…)

I Have No Enemies and No Hatred: Contemporary Chinese Dissident Art

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…)

Weapon of Choice

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…)

Xanadu: Land of Enchantment

President’s Gallery

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…)

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