Mapping Identity

Mapping Identity, an exhibition of works by 11 international artists co-curated by Visiting Associate Professor Carol Solomon and Haverford senior Janet Yoon, will run in the College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery March 19-April 30, 2010. An opening lecture will be held March 19, 4 p.m. in Sharpless Auditorium followed by a reception at the Gallery.

The exhibit will open with a lecture by the renowned Ghanaian philosopher and Princeton professor Kwame Anthony Appiah entitled “Cosmopolitanism,” Friday, March 19 at 4 p.m. in Sharpless Auditorium of the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, immediately followed by a reception in the Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

About the Exhibit:

Mapping Identity explores aspects of contemporary cultural identity and the effects of displacement, exile, transnationalism, hybridity, cosmopolitanism, and the state of the in-between, described by the curators as “that liminal space which characterizes the unmoored condition experienced by an increasing number of people in our transient world.”

Paintings, prints, photographs, videos and sculpture by the following artists will be included: Fariba Alam (American/Bangladeshi), Zoulikha Bouabdellah (French/Algerian), María Magdalena Campos-Pons (Cuban/Nigerian/American), Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan/American), Gonkar Gyatso (Tibetan/British), Mona Hatoum (British/Palestinian), Glenn Kaino (American/Japanese), Daniel Kojo Schrade (German/Ghanaian), Zineb Sedira (French/Algerian), Shahzia Sikander (Pakistani/American), and Do-Ho Suh (Korean).

The exhibition takes place in conjunction with Professor Solomon's Haverford course "Art and Cultural Identity", which is being taught this spring.

Related Events:

  • A Conversation with Tibetan Artist Gonkar Gyatso, followed by an International Food Fair Reception Tuesday, March 23 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.
  • Gallery Talks by exhibition curator Janet Yoon '10 Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m.
  • Gallery Talks by students in Art and Cultural Identity Wednesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m.

Support for the exhibition and related programs has been generously provided by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, Haverford President Steve Emerson, the Paul J. R. Desjardins Colloquium Fund, the Distinguished Visitors Program, the Margaret Gest Program, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Funding for artist talk supported by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center's grant from the Leaves of Grass Foundation.

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