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Monday, March 1st, 2010

Symposium explores Artists in Wartime


Daniel Heyman, I Did Not Have a Beard 2008. Gouache and pencil on paper, 29 x 41 inches. Courtesy List Gallery, Swarthmore College

Daniel Heyman, I Did Not Have a Beard 2008. Gouache and pencil on paper, 29 x 41 inches. Courtesy List Gallery, Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College presents Artists in Wartime: Bearing Witness / Shaping a Response,series of events consisting of two concurrent exhibitions, a symposium and poetry reading that explore the role of contemporary artists who focus on war and other crises of politics on Saturday, March 20.

The symposium, moderated by Janine Mileaf, Assistant Professor of Art History at Swarthmore College, brings together artists Daniel Heyman, Damian Cote, Juan Manual Echavarria, and Melissa Ho and documentary photographer Andrew Lichtenstein, to discuss the role of contemporary artists who address global welfare, related health issues and the effects of organized violence.  The symposium takes place at 10 am at the Lang Performing Art Center Cinema.

At 1 pm, poet Nick Flynn reads at the McCabe Library, where a group exhibition,Printmakers Go to War is also on view.  At the List Gallery, Daniel Heyman, a Visiting Associate Professor of Art at Swarthmore and the inspiration for the symposium, presents his exhibition: Bearing Witness, Recent Works. Heyman’s moving portraits and recorded testemonials of former Iraqi detainees, gathered over a four year period, capture a sense of human dignity without passing judgment. 

All events are free and open to the public.  The gallery exhibitions open March 4 and continue until April 10 (List Gallery) and April 9 (McCabe Library).  Swarthmore College is located at 500 College Avenue in Swarthmore, PA.  For more information call 610 328 8488. or visit www.swarthmore.edu/Admin/cooper.


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