Women Call for Peace: Global Vistas
On View June 24 – August 29, 2013
Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Gallery at Oklahoma City Community College
Visual and Performing Arts Center, Room 124
Admission is Free
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 presents the works of eleven distinguished artists who have come together to denounce violent aggression and promote global peace through nonviolent conflict resolution.
The thirty three works in the exhibition—paintings, sculptures, quilts 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, Faith Ringgold, Aminah Robinson, 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.
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 (2007 – 2008). The exhibition is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Oklahoma Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts.