Opening Reception: Friday, September 9, 7-9pm
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery presents VESSEL as a launch event for The 9/11 Arts Project. VESSEL combines abstract works to evoke a sacred space of “holding” undeterred by the divisive fears of “we” versus “other” that have plagued our cultural psyche since 9/11. At the time of this landmark anniversary, the exhibition opens with the hope of using art to generate avenues for community dialogue and healing discourse that inspire its audience. Selected works express an effort to move beyond past tragedy and reveal that healing is possible for everyone. VESSEL is the grand re-opening exhibition post-renovation of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery in 2011. The 9/11 Arts Project is an interdisciplinary citywide project initiated by the Smith Center to kick off a year of healing commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11th, 2001.
VESSEL features works by Emily Biondo, Alonzo Davis, Jenny Freestone, Pat Goslee, Ani Kasten, MJ Kavian, Madeleine Keesing, Rachel Rotenberg, Angela White, and Millicent Young.
The opening reception on Friday, September 9 featured a dance performance by Nathaniel Bond, Anthony Gongora, Tzveta Kassabova, and Giselle Ruzany of Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, based on Collision Course with live music by Steve Hilmy. Other additional programming presented in conjunction with the exhibit include:
- "Divided We Fall" film screening, Thursday, September 15, with facilitated discussion by psychosocial trauma expert Dr. Siddarth Shah
- Donor event, Thursday, September 22
- Sharon Shapiro family reception, Sunday, September 25
- Cross-Pollinate Literary Art Tour, Tuesday, October 11 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM hosted by Melanie Figg founder of Cross-Pollinate featuring the writing of Lindsay Bernal, Melanie Figg, Steve Godwin, Micah Greenberg, Danielle Kuczynski, Whitney Gratton, Buzz Mauro and others
For more project details and events on the 9/11 Arts Project, please visit – www.911artsproject.com.