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Seton Hall University

Female German Expressionist Artist Inspires Contemporary Art Exhibition 'RISE'.  

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme
DeFence

charcoal pencil, ink, permanent markers, liquid silver leaf and acrylic on hand-made wooden fence
72" x 144" x 3"
2010

Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery presents "RISE." The exhibition takes inspiration from the iconic Käthe Kollwitz print, Outbreak from Bauernkrieg. "RISE." brings together artworks that engage a variety of social injustices as explored by Kollwitz in her trademark style. Kollwitz's interest in social injustice and its effect on humanity was highly personal, and was catalyzed by a series of losses she endured during World Wars I and II. The exhibiting artists work in a variety of media including; installation, painting, photography and works on paper - to multifariously explore the effects of social disparities — while dignifying their human subjects.

Featured artists apart from Kollwitz include collaborative duo Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme, Scherezade Garcia, Jay Lee Hayoon, Mona Saeed Kamal, Diana Kurz, JC Lenochan, Liliya Lifanova, Alen MacWeeney, Gregory Sholette, and Peter Turnley.

Curators Emily Brostek and Claudia Preza invite visitors to experience the human condition on a personal level and examine how Kollwitz's interest in the plight of the poor and oppressed still resonates on a global level.

Brostek comments, "'RISE.' sheds light on sociopolitical issues that transcend time and unfortunately, still plague us today. Our hope for this show is to have the viewer take comfort in the collective strength of humanity during difficult times." Preza adds, "Not only does the exhibition remind us of our humanity but also highlights how art is a strong vehicle to voice our opinions while raising awareness on issues that we all encounter no matter our background."

In accompaniment to the exhibition, a discussion panel will take place on September 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. "TALK. A Conversation on Socio-Political Conditions" will feature NYC artist, writer and activist, Gregory Sholette, activist, mentor and Seton Hall professor, Rev. Dr. Forrest M. Pritchett, Associate Professor Cherubum Quizon, Ph.D., of The Department of Anthropology and Social Work, and artists Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme. The panel discussion will be a conversation on current social issues relevant to the themes presented in the show.

For more information, see www.library.shu.edu/walshgallery. The Walsh Gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Jeanne Brasile
  • (973) 275-2033
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