The HUB-Robeson Galleries are proud to host Overlap: Life Tapestries, curated by Vida Sabbaghi, in the Robeson Gallery September 17 through November 15, 2018. A free and public opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, September 20th from 5-8pm with a performance by artist Martha Wilson, and a panel discussion which will include Vida Sabbaghi, Carrie Alter, Judy Gelles, Sascha Mallon, Michela Martello, Arlene Rush, Linda Stein, Martha Wilson, and Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd, Penn State Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Overlap: Life Tapestries brings together a group of self-identified women artists whose artistic practices are richly charged, not only in their realization of the ways discrimination is characterized and informed by national origin, race, social position, and historical forces, but also in their understanding of how their socially inscribed bodies intersect. Curator Vida Sabbaghi acknowledges the various facets of the artists' identities by utilizing an intersectional approach to counter the presentation, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation of women artists. Featured artists Carrie Alter, Judy Gelles, Alice Hope, Sascha Mallon, Michela Martello, Sui Park, Shari Rubeck Weschler, Arlene Rush, Bastienne Schmidt, Jean Shin, Linda Stein, Jackie Tileston, and Martha Wilson are of different social and professional backgrounds and generations yet find a commonality in recreating the tapestry of their lives through their art while mapping the relationship between the personal and political.
Previously, Overlap: Life Tapestries was on view at A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, one of the oldest cooperative galleries supporting female artists and curators. Pen + Brush, another strong supporter of female artists, will host a new interation of Overlap: Life Tapestries.
Curator Vida Sabbaghi is the founder and director of COPE NYC whose mission is to provide innovative approaches to community engagement through art programs, accessible museum programs, conferences, exhibits, and artist in residence programs such as those in Soulangh Cultural Village, Taiwan and Brooklyn, New York.