Spring exhibitions that pack political punch
Taking on everything from domestic violence to female genital mutilation to the plight of Pussy Riot, Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-Based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination proves that 2-D posters can have plenty of depth. Curated by MassArt graphic design professor Elizabeth Resnick, the works include Kuwait-born, New York-based designer Mohammad Sharaf’s Allowed, a witty response to the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the ban on women riding bikes—but only for those chaperoned by a male guardian.
Through April 17 at Gallery 360 at Northeastern
I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now explores a loaded subject, showcasing 90 decommissioned guns sourced from a Pittsburgh buyback program and transformed into works of art. Organized by Providence metalsmith and activist Boris Bally, the exhibit includes a firearm turned into a copper-feathered falcon, a gun studded with tiny bones and baby teeth—a nod to Sandy Hook—and this pitcher set, titled tête-à-tête, from New Bedford silversmith Joost During.
Through June 10 at the Society of Arts and Crafts
Photo by Will Brown, courtesy of Nari Ward, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia © 2017 Nari Ward
Oven pans and oil barrels, baseball bats and baby strollers—they’re all raw materials for Jamaica-born artist Nari Ward, who’ll use hundreds of shoelaces to spell the opening words of our Constitution for We the People. Installed with help from local teens, it’ll be on view as part of mid-career survey Nari Ward: Sun Splashed with 40 other works, like the timely Naturalization Drawing Table, in which Ward—a 2017 winner of the Vilcek Prize for immigrant artists—will have visitors taking “passport photos,” filling out forms and receiving prints from the artist in return on May 4, 6 and 18.
April 26-Sept. 4 at the Institute of Contemporary Art
“Ignarus Et Caecus” (Ignorant and Blind) by Michael James Toomy
Have your own artistic statement to make? Somerville’s Nave Gallery Annex is welcoming submissions in all mediums for #RESIST, an exhibit responding to the country’s current political climate. The deadline for entries is April 1 and there’s no entry fee, so visit navegallery.org for submission details and scope out the results at the annex April 27-May 27.
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