Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gallery 937 Hosts War Exhibit


Today's date: January 11, 2012

Media Contact:
Scilla Wahrhaftig
Program Director, American Friends Service Committee PA
(412) 371-3607

Murals, Poems and Personal Witness Illuminate the Realities of War in Afghanistan and Iraq

January 27 – February 12, 2012, Gallery 937 on Liberty Avenue. Opens in conjunction with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Gallery Crawl on January 27.

For three weeks in January and February, art, poetry and personal witness come together around the stunning exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, which is paired with the Pittsburgh-based War Dialogues Project. The exhibitions reveal the everyday realities of refugees, civilians and soldiers who are suffering through wars that remain invisible to much of the American public.

Windows and Mirrors is a traveling exhibit of 45 murals from artists across the U.S., shown alongside drawings collected from Afghan high school students about their daily lives. This art invites us to view the war through the eyes of the Afghan people as they move from despair to hope.

In the War Dialogues Project, refugees and military veterans of the same wars collaborate through art and storytelling. Featuring two local artists—Joyce Wagner, a U.S. Iraq veteran, and Mina Al Doori, a high-school Iraqi refugee. (Sponsored by The Sprout Fund, a nonprofit supporting innovative grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh.)

Who Should Attend: All who are interested in civilian and soldiers’ experiences of war; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; peace-making; Pittsburgh war-refugee communities; interfaith dialogue; mural art and poetry.

Exhibit Sponsor: American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that works worldwide on peace and justice.

Gallery Hours: Wed and Thurs 11:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday and Sat 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.


January 29, 1:30 pm - Disarming Words. Gallery talk and poetry readings by Terrance Hayes and Lynn Emmanuel at the Out of Rubble exhibit at SPACE gallery; 2:30 pm - singing escort by the Raging Grannies to Windows and Mirrors; 2:40 pm - readings of translated Iraqi public poetry and poetry by war veterans.

February 4, 6:00 pm: Women and War: Women and Peace. Testimonies by women on the impact of war and their search for peace, followed by improvisational performance by Pittsburgh Playback Theatre.

February 11, 3:00 pm: Lessons Learned from Iraq. Peter Lems, American Friends Service Committee Program Director for Iraq and Afghanistan, discusses how the lessons of troop withdrawal from Iraq can help us speed up withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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