May 12, 2010

Juarez femicides ArtMarch in Philadelphia

Conversation: Mass Murders of Women in Juarez Rally Drexel to Art and
Activism

Subject: Mass Murders of Women in Juarez Rally Drexel to Art and Activism.

(Attn. Local Media: Marisela Ortiz, co-founder of Nuestras Hijas de Regreso of Casa in Juarez, Mexico, will be among the featured speakers.)

Ni Una Mas is an exhibition that will run May 15 - July 16 at Drexel
University featuring more than 70 works by 20 international artists
including Yoko Ono, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Irish activist painter Brian
Maguire and local Philadelphiaartists Arlene Love and Jen Blazina. The
exhibition seeks to bring attention to the continued killings of hundreds of
women in Juarez, Mexico. A central part of Ni Una Mas is ARTMARCH for
Juarez, a mass demonstration/performance art piece that will open the
exhibition on the afternoon of May 15 with 700 young women from Drexel
University moving through the streets of Philadelphia, dressed in the iconic
pink color of the victims memorial crosses in Juarez.

News Release

Mass Murders of Women in Juarez Rally Drexel to Art and Activism
Art Exhibition to Draw Attention to the Murders of over 700 Women in Juarez, Mexico


PHILADELPHIA - Ni Una Mas (Not One More): The Juarez
Murders is a powerful art exhibition that will run from May 15- July 16 at
the new site of Drexel University's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert
Street). The exhibition will feature more than 70 works by 20 international
artists including Yoko Ono, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Irish activist painter
Brian Maguire and local artists Arlene Love and Jen Blazina.

Organized by Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
through a collaboration of academic, student and institutional departments,
the goal of Ni Una Mas is to raise awareness about gender violence and, in particular, crimes against women in the Mexican border town of Juarez.

Yoko Ono is an artist, musician and peace activist known for her
groundbreaking work in avant-garde art, music and filmmaking.

Ono is a pioneer in feminist art and will be creating an original, interactive
piece for the exhibition. Her Ni Una Mas work is a site-specific
installation involving a large canvas that is cut and slashed and asks the
audience to "heal" it. Ono has donated heal buttons for ARTMARCH for
Juarez for the marchers. Kiki Smith, also a feminist artist, will have her
Little Red Riding Hood piece in Ni Una Mas. The well-known piece experiments
with fairy tale imagery and references issues of identity, gender and
violence. Local artists will be represented by Arlene Love and Jen Blazina.
Fusing science with art, autodidact forensic and fine artist Frank Bender
will also participate in the exhibit.

Many of the artists will be traveling to Drexel to install their pieces
personally. Artist Tim Rollins, a Bronx public school teacher and founder of
the Art and Knowledge workshop, along with a group of at-risk students who
call themselves K.O.S (Kids of Survival) and have exhibited their work
worldwide, will travel to Drexel to install an original piece they created
specifically for Ni Una Mas. Lisa Bjorne will be coming from Norway to
install her piece Desconocido/Unknown, which has travelled the globe, and
Brian Maguire, an activist painter will travel from Ireland to install
paintings he just completed in Juarez.

Ni Una Mas, seeks to inspire viewers to action in the face of the ongoing
crimes against women in Juarez. The exhibition has gathered the voices of
gifted artists who have been deeply moved by the femicides. Each artist adds
a unique voice to the chorus of lamentation; different aspects of the
tragedy are addressed in different ways by different artists. But there are
also common tones and themes that rise to the surface from this diversity,
giving the exhibition the cohesive power of a single outcry.

A central part of Ni Una Mas is ARTMARCH for Juarez, a mass
demonstration/performance art piece that will open the exhibition on the
afternoon of May 15 with 700 young women from Drexel University moving
through the streets of Philadelphia, dressed in the iconic pink color of the
victims memorial crosses in Juarez.

Event Facts:
What: Ni Una Mas(Not One More): The Juarez Murders Gallery Exhibition
Where: The new site of Drexel University's Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, 3401
Filbert Street.
When: May 15- July 16.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
More Information: 215-895-1029 or visit http://www.drexel.edu/juarez/

About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design:
Drexel University's Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts; Design
offers 14 undergraduate and five graduate programs in media, design and the
performing arts. The College empowers students with the knowledge, skills
and techniques to succeed in highly competitive creative fields. Programs
are taught in small studio settings, featuring hands-on learning and a
faculty of industry practitioners who emphasize the use of the latest
technologies. Westphal College is home to the Mandell Theater, the Leonard
Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel's cable television (DUTV) and FM radio (WKDU)
stations, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, MAD
Dragon Records and Drexel's Historic Costume Collection.

In January 2009, Westphal College received the largest single philanthropic
gift ever recorded at Drexel University, $25 million. The gift is being
used for the development and expansion of the college, purchasing a 130,000
sq ft. Robert Venturi-designed building on Market St. It is one of two
buildings that will serve as new home for the programs of the Antoinette
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design beginning in fall 2012.

Drexel University, one of the premier co-op schools in the United States, is
a top-ranked, comprehensive research university. Allen Sabinson is the dean
of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. For more
information about the College, go to: