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Transnational Migration and Immigration

​February 1 - June 12, 2018

Franca Marini

The movement of people searching for safety and opportunity is as old as humanity itself.  Franca Marini will use contemporary Italy as an example of the mounting crisis of immigration and migration, resulting from poverty and war in North Afica and the Middle East.



After-Effects: Beyong the Shadow of War
5 September - 20 December 2017

Linda Bond, Resident Scholar, WSRC Brandies University

Linda Bond’s artwork addresses the broad impact of war by exploring the conditions of violence from differing perspectives. Her installation deals with the result of armed conflict in the Middle East in which unmanned drones have come to replace combat troops as agents of war. In recent years she has expanded her studio practice into social action. “One to One” is a special project which involves collaboration with women who are attending literacy programs in Afghanistan, and “Forced to Flee” gives voice to a Syrian woman who left her home and is seeking asylum in the United States.

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions
September -- December 16, 2016

The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions, featuring the work of 24 artists from around the country, calls attention to the ongoing ancient rituals that kill or maim millions each year, yet are not considered crimes. 

This provocative yet engaging exhibition debuted in 2013 at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and brought shadowy topics including honor killing, child marriage and acid violence directly into public consciousness and into public debate. The exhibit continues to expand and evolve, with a unique presentation designed specifically for Kean’s Human Rights Institute Gallery.

Curator Chuck Gniech chose approximately 50 “intriguing” pieces of fine art in a variety of mediums. “Conscious of the human rights issues outlined by the exhibition’s executive producer, Cheryl Jefferson, each art piece alludes to the issues at hand, but the meaning is ultimately defined by the viewer,” he said.

Jefferson, a participant in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, noted that the global reach of these complex human behaviors extends to the United States. “The exhibit allows us to take the first step toward change and to support the legal evolution that can only come from within other cultures and our own,” she said.

I Learn America
Explorations into Diversity, Identity and Inclusion

January 31- May 12, 2017 

Students and teachers invite viewers to enter their inner worlds and engage with their personal stories through the images they make. Inspired by the I Learn America documentary and initiative, these novice and accomplished creators seek to foster community conversations that raise public awareness, break down stereotypes and celebrate diversity. Opening Reception with the Artists Tuesday, January 31, from 5-8 p.m. Admission to the opening reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail or call (908) 737-4670.

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