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Elizabeth Cohen, Michael Talley, FF Alumns, exhibition date update!
Several works of
Elizabeth Cohen and Michael Talley are included in the Exhibition The Culture
of Violence at the University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine
(February 2 - March 15 and April 2 - May 17, 2002)
Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The Gallery is also open during evening performances held in the Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center. For further information please call (413) 545-3670.
Opening reception: Friday, February 1, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Culture of Violence examines the pervasive influence of violence as reflected in contemporary American culture spanning the last 20 years. The exhibition presents a broad, multi-cultural view of the disturbingly wide spread phenomenon through the work of 25 artists in all media. The project was organized by guest curators Donna Harkavy and Helaine Posner.
The subject of violence, always one of the most compelling issues on the minds of Americans, has become painfully relevant since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11. Devastated by terrorist acts committed within our borders, alarmed by mass killings in the schools and at the workplace, and mindful of rampant domestic violence, our consciousness is saturated with violent images. Though we have been chastened by recent events and claim to deplore our fascination with violent themes, we continue to seek them out and reward those who purvey them in news coverage, the movies, popular music and video games.
The Culture of Violence looks at the cultural, social, political and personal aspects of violence in America with the intentions of posing significant questions that encourage dialogue, possibly leading to greater understanding. The exhibition contains a number of thematic categories such as terrorism, hate crimes, youth violence, domestic violence and street crime, among others, which cut across class, color and gender. The strategies and viewpoints of the participating artists reflect this diversity, and affirm the widely held belief that artists are the conscience of the society in which they live.
exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue with contributions by James Cain
and Henry Jenkins, Geoffrey Canada, Donna Harkavy, Michael Leininger and Helaine
Posner. The publication will be available during the spring semester. A related
film series titled At Human Cost will be presented. Support for The Culture
of Violence has been provided by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation,
the LEF Foundation, the Dorsky Foundation, an anonymous donor, Robert H. Fuller
and the UMass Arts Council.