Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.
This is the context for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices. Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world. Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path. Images of select artwork here.
Artists Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander, Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi
Venues Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway | 2009 University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA | 2009 Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico | 2010 Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico | 2010 Chicago Cultural Center, USA | 2011 David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA | 2011 New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect 2, New Orleans, USA | 2011 Redline, Denver, Colorado, USA | May 25 – July 29, 2012 The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada | January 28 – March 9, 2013 Fundacion Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain | May 8 – July 28, 2013 Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg , South Africa|Sept 7-November 17, 2013 The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada| February – April, 2014