Museum At Queens College Honors Afghan Civilian Casualties
Civilian casualties are commemorated in Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition coming to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College for the second stop on its cross-country tour. The show features fifty 4’ x 6’ panels on parachute fabric made by an international group of artists, including participants from Queens College. The exhibition also introduces images collected by Zahir Wahab, a professor of education at Lewis and Clark College who visited Afghanistan and asked high school students to draw images from their daily reality.
Organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence, the exhibit comes to Queens from its debut at the historic Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia in October.
Queens College Art Education Professor Rikki Asher, an active member of the New York mural community, participated in the project and initiated the showing at the Godwin-Ternbach.
“This exhibition is an ideal vehicle for educators, students, and the public to explore history and events through visual imagery created as public art,” Asher said.
The project is supported by Professor Lynn Howell, counselor for educational and community programs, who funded exhibition education guides for public school students and assisted in community outreach, Professor Mark Rosenblum, director of QC Jewish Studies and the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, the Queens College Office of the President and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.
A free opening reception and activities will take place on December 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough, housing nearly 4,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times. The mission of the museum has grown over time from serving as a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students to embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged community. All exhibitions are free, as are their related programs. For a full schedule of the exhibition’s national tour, visit http://afsc.org/project/windows-and-mirrors.