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Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women & Art
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Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women & Art

 

OTBP

An Internationally Touring Contemporary Art Exhibition &
Public Programming Series

Presented in Partnership with:
Art Works for Change, Chicago Cultural Center, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media, Rape Victim Advocates, and The Voices and Faces Project

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art
January 22-April 13, 2011
*Opening Reception: January 21, 5:30–7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, Exhibit Hall
Free and Open to the Public

The Institute is one of three lead partners developing community programming around this touring group exhibition, which addresses violence against women and the basic right to safety, security and justice through the work of 29 contemporary artists from 25 countries. Featuring renowned artists such as Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic, Laylah Ali, Hank Willis Thomas, and more, the exhibition includes art that builds awareness, inspiration, and positive social change and action. Organized by Art Works for Change, the exhibition is curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg and will also be seen in Norway, Mexico, Switzerland, and South Africa, among other stops on its worldwide tour.

The free public programming series for the exhibition considers the global and local impact of violence against women through discussions, panels, and performances co-organized by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute, Rape Victim Advocates, and The Voices and Faces Project. All programs take place at the Chicago Cultural Center. 

Public Program Series
(all free and open to the public and taking place at the Cultural Center)

Friday, January 21, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Opening Reception with performance by exhibition artist Susan Plum

Thursday, February 17, 7:00pm
A Special Performance of “Stories on Stage” short story reading

Tuesday, March 8, 6:00pm
Art & Civic Engagement: An Artist Panel Discussion with exhibition artists

Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27 (pre-registration required)
We Are the Stories We Tell: A Testimonial Writing Workshop

Friday, April 1, 7:00pm
Enemies of Silence: A Night of Poetry & Performance

Friday, April 8, 12–3pm
The Bandana Project with Esperanza of Southern Poverty Law Center  

Opening Reception
January 21, 5:30-7:30pm
Exhibit Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE
In celebration of the exhibition's opening, artist Susan Plum will reprise her 2006 performance piece Luz y Solidaridad.

A special performance of Stories on Stage
February 17, 7:00pm
Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE
In a special night of the celebrated series Stories on Stage, noted Chicago actors read award-winning literary works that explore the realities of violence and the moving and sometimes surprising ways that women who have survived it rebuild their lives.

The performance is co-created by founder and former producer of Stories on Stage Kathe Telingator and The Voices and Faces Project and is directed by Michael E. Myers. Sponsored by Soroptimist International, a United Nations NGO, with support from Bette Cerf Hill and Bruce Sagan, and co-presented by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media.

Art & Civic Engagement: An Artist Panel Discussion
March 8, 6:00pm with reception to follow
Claudia Cassidy Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE
Featuring exhibition artists Patricia Evans, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Hank Willis Thomas, this panel presents a public dialogue about the ways in which art can be a tool of expression and action for social change. Moderated by Jane M. Saks, Executive Director of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media.

Organized by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media and co-presented by The Voices and Faces Project, with support from the Leadership Donors of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute, Chicago Foundation for Women, and the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago.

We are the stories we tell:  A testimonial writing workshop
March 26, 10am-4pm
March 27, 11am – 5pm 
Fourth Floor Conference Room, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street.  
Pre-registration required.
This workshop, co-created by Flannery O'Connor Fiction Prize finalize R. Clifton Spargo and The Voices and Faces Project, invites survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking to write about the injustices that they have lived or witnessed. Supported by Verizon Wireless.

Application deadline February 25, 5pm. To apply, email testimonial@voicesandfaces.org.


Enemies of Silence: A Night of Poetry & Performance
April 1, 7:00pm
First Floor Café, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE
Celebrating the power of women’s resilience and resistance in the face of violence, Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) presents a night of performances by local luminaries.  This one-of-a-kind event brings the fierce joy of survival to the stage as we kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2011.

Performers include:
Misty De Berry
Sarwat Rumi
Kristiana Colon
Marty McConnell
Lani Montreal
Patience Rowe
Coya Paz
KrisDeLaRash
and more!
  
For more information: executivedirector@rapevictimadvocates.org  
 

The Bandana Project
April 8, 12-3pm
Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. FREE
Created by Esperanza: The Immigrant Women's Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and co-presented by our Off the Beaten Path organizers and allies, The Bandana Project raises awareness of sexual violence against immigrant and farmworker women through the decoration of the bandanas that victims often use to cover their faces and bodies in an attempt to ward off unwanted sexual attention. A public presentation and musical performance by singer Michelle Anthony will precede the creative work session. 

For more information visit: www.chicagoculturalcenter.org

Community Allies for OTBP:
A Long Walk Home
Affinity Community Services   
Amnesty International-Chicago
Art Works Projects
Between Friends
Center on Halsted
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago Justice Project
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
Chicago Sky
Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women
Chicago Women’s Health Center
CounterQuo
DePaul University, College of Law, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center
DePaul University, The Women’s Center
DePaul University, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
End Violence Against Women International
Barbara Engel, community activist
Esperanza: The Immigrant Legal Women's Initiative at the Southern Poverty Law Center
Family Rescue
Family Shelter Service
Girl360.net 
HEART Women and Girls Project
Heartland Human Care Services – Violence Recovery Services
Human Rights Watch
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
ITVS
Little Black Pearl
Mujeres Latinas en Acción
Porchlight Counseling Services
Pow-Wow Inc. 
Sarah’s Inn
Soroptimist International
Woman Made Gallery
Women in Leadership at Loyola University
Young Chicago Authors 
Young Women’s Leadership Charter School
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago