Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

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Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

An exhibition addressing gender-based violence

I attended Off the Beaten Path three times and was very moved by the collection and the accompanying texts. I have worked and studied in the area of women and intimate partner violence for 20 years. … If anyone would have told me that attending this exhibition would have added to my understanding of women and violence so deeply, I would have been skeptical. Thank you so much for this exhibition! 

—Visitor, Art Gallery of Calgary, Canada, March 2013

Throughout the world, women and girls are victims of countless and senseless acts of violence. The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.

This is the context for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, a multi-media traveling contemporary art exhibition that utilizes works by world-class artists to promote awareness of the root causes of violence against women; create empathy for women’s stories; foster a dialogue about the pervasiveness of violence against women; and inspire the belief that women and girls can be empowered with new behavioral choices.

Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie these artworks help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women around the world.

Can art foment social change? We hope that the artworks in this show can push the door open a little wider and, in the process, shed new light on an old problem as we begin to forge a new journey—off the beaten path.

Exhibition Venues

Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway | 2009
University Art Gallery, San Diego, USA 2009
Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico 2010
Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico 2010
Chicago Cultural Center, USA 2011
David J. Sencer CDC Museum, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA 2011
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; and Prospect 2, New Orleans, USA 2011
Redline, Denver, Colorado, USA May 25 – July 29, 2012
The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada January 28 – March 9, 2013
Fundacion Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain | May 8 – July 28, 2013
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg , South Africa|Sept 7-November 17, 2013
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada| February – April, 2014

Participating Artists

Marina Abramovic, Agency Volontaire, Jane Alexander Laylah Ali, Louise Bourgeois, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patricia Evans, Luciana Fina, Global Crescendo Project, Mona Hatoum, Icelandic Love Corp, Yoko Inoue, ,Jung Jungyeob, Amal Kenawy, Myung Jin Kim, Lise Bjorne Linnert, Hung Liu, Wangechi Mutu, Maimuna Feroze-Nana, Almagul Menlibayeva, Gabriela Morawetz, Miri Nishri, Yoko Ono, Lucy & Jorge Orta, , Cecilia Paredes, Susan Plum, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Cima Rahmankhah, Joyce J. Scott, Fatou Kande Senghor, Elisabeth Sunday, Masami Teraoka, Hank Willis Thomas, Miwa Yanagi


Randy Jayne Rosenberg