Migrating Bodies: For(saking) Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, on view at the Schneider Museum of Art August 6th through October 10th 2020, presents work by five artists or artist collectives that address global migration, its causes and effects. Co-curated by Jill Hartz, former executive director of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Scott Malbaurn, director of the Schneider Museum of Art, and Richard Herskowitz, artistic and executive director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF), the exhibition is planned in conjunction with AIFF.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency’s annual Global Trends Report, released in June 2019, nearly 70.8 million people were displaced at the end of 2018. The causes of displacement and migration – war and violence, famine, climate change, and economy– indeed, the struggle to survive and have a better life, seem unending and are, if anything growing more dire, even as many world leaders see refugees and immigrants as threats to their cultures and pawns in their political strategies. The artists in Migrating Bodies address the subject from both personal and historical perspectives.
Guillermo Gómez-Peña with collaborators Felicia Rice, Gustavo Vazquez, & Zachary Watkins
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