Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas
October 1 to December 4
Peace is a concept felt on all corners of the globe. What does peace mean to you? Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas is an exhibition of works by 13 distinguished artists who have come together to denounce violent aggression and promote global peace through nonviolent conflict resolution. The exhibition is meant to create a conversation about peace and leave each visitor with an idea of what peace means to them.
Each Saturday of the event, Family Day Activities are planned for children and their guardians. Art projects will include Peace Dove Kites, collages of ideas of peace, improvisational theater sketches with themes of peace and a permanent sculpture. The permanent sculpture will be made of hundreds of blocks which patrons will paint with their idea of peace. All Saturday activities are free but those interested should call to reserve their space. There will also be a series of six films shown in the Center for the Arts Library. Each film shares the experience of a different culture through the lives of children.
Patrons at the event will also have a chance to record their thoughts on peace as a video clip. The clips will travel with the show throughout the United States.
More about the exhibition
Women rarely incite violence yet they suffer its devastating impact and take responsibility for helping to end such violent conflicts. Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas, which opens Oct. 1, 2010 at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs presents the works of thirteen distinguished artists who have come together to denounce violent aggression and promote global peace through nonviolent conflict resolution.
The 53 works in the exhibition—paintings, sculptures and prints—offer stunningly beautiful but powerful statements of the artists’ commitment to peace on all fronts—personal, political, domestic, and international. Artists in the exhibition are Emma Amos, Siona Benjamin, Chakaia Booker, Judy Chicago, Linda Freeman, Irene Hardwicke Olivieri, Leila Kubba, Grace Matthews, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Robinson, Betye Saar, Flo Oy Wong, and Helen Zughaib.
In this new millennium—which holds the promise of global interconnectedness—the inclination toward violence and need for resolution have never been more evident. These women make the case for worldwide peace all the more compelling because of the range of religious beliefs, racial identities, and personal encounters with violence that they represent. Their art reflects their dedication to social reform and ongoing efforts to sensitize and inform audiences about these social and political issues.
Special family activity days will be planned each Saturday during the duration of the event from 1 to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday Oct. 2, 2010 and ending
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010. Families will have a chance to participate in various activities, including building a large sculpture that will become a permanent installation on the C
enter for the Arts Campus. Specific details will be available online at www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling 495-8989.
Women Call for Peace is curated by Lisa E. Farrington, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Art and Music at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She wrote the prizewinning text book Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists. (Oxford University Press, 2005) and has been the William & Camille Cosby Endowed Scholar at Atlantic University/Spelman College (2008 – 2007). The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. Mid-America is the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States. More information is available at www.artcenterbonita.org, www.maaa.org, www.eusa.org. or by calling 495-8989. The event is made possible by a generous grant from the Sansom Foundation Inc.
The exhibition will remain on display from Oct. 1 until Dec. 4, 2010 at the Center for the Arts campus located at 26100 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135.