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Artists in Wartime: Bearing Witness / Shaping a Response Symposium



March 4 – April 9, 2010

Bearing Witness, Recent Works by Daniel Heyman

Artist Lecture: Thurs., March 4, 4:30pm

Gallery reception to follow: 5:30-7:00pm

For the past four years, Daniel Heyman, has traveled to Jordan and Turkey to meet with former Iraqi detainees, paint their portraits, and record their testimony. His exhibition will feature a selection of his portraits of survivors of torture at Abu Grahib prison as well as portraits of African American men from the Philadelphia area who have endured extreme poverty and repeated incarceration. Heyman’s moving portraits neither sensationalize the horrific stories told by their subjects nor emphasize his own emotional reaction. Instead, as Swarthmore Professor of Sociology Robin Wagner-Pacifici points out in her forthcoming exhibition catalog essay, Heyman’s portraits, with their selective inclusion of excerpts of sworn testimony, emphasize the subjects’ professional and familial roles—fundamental aspects of our social and personal identity. In doing so, the portraits restore dignity and individuality to those who have been deprived of their most basic human rights.

Heyman graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Visual Studies and received an M.F.A in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Numerous institutions have acquired portfolios of his work including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Princeton University Art Museum. Heyman is a 2009 Pew Fellowship recipient. In addition, he has received many fellowships including awards from the MacDowell colony, the AMJ foundation, the Philadelphia Print Collaborative, and the Independence Foundation. A distinguished visiting artist and critic at noted institutions, including Cranbrook Academy and the University of Iowa, Heyman teaches printmaking regularly at Swarthmore College and Rhode Island School of Design.

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Artists in Wartime: Bearing Witness / Shaping a Response Symposium

March 20, 2010

begins 9:30 a.m.

This symposium will explore the role of contemporary artists who focus on a seemingly endless era of global warfare, related health issues, and other crises of politics.

It will take place while Bearing Witness, Recent Works by Daniel Heyman and Printmakers Go to War Exhibit are on display on the Swarthmore campus.

The discussion will be moderated by Janine Mileaf, participants will include Daniel Heyman, visiting artist; Damian Cote, artist; Eric Avery, artist; Laurel Reuter, director, North Dakota Museum of Art; and Juan Manuel Echavarria, artist.

Cooper Series events are free and open to the public; there is no reserved seating. Event details may be subject to change without notice.

Location Information:

*Swarthmore College – Lang Performing Arts Center

Room: LPAC Cinema

Contact Information:

Phone: 610-328-8200

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Event Sponsors:

Swarthmore College and William J Cooper Foundation