Out of the Rubble

Taysir Batniji, Wafaa Bilal, Enrique Castrejon, Lenka Clayton, Jane Dixon, Hirokazu Fukawa, Monica Haller, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Karady, Osman Khan, Samina Mansuri, Simon Norfolk, Rocio Rodriguez, elin o’Hara slavick, Susanne Slavick, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz

12/2/2011 - 1/22/2012

Guest curator: Susanne Slavick

Out of the Rubble reacts to the wake of war — its realities and its representations. The rubble that each war leaves behind shapes today and tomorrow — physically, psychologically, spiritually and culturally. OUT OF RUBBLE presents international artists who consider its causes and consequences, its finality and future, moving from decimation and disintegration to the possibilities of regeneration and recovery.

Facing the failure and wreckage of war, the poet Wislawa Szymborska wrote: “Reality demands that we mention this: Life goes on.” Artists meet this demand through responses that are invariably somber, both tender and unflinching. They mourn the havoc we wreak and, however imperfectly and inadequately, atone the atrocities we commit. Through images and narratives bound up in the crises of truth, they acknowledge yet strive toward the impossible task of comprehending the incomprehensible. Before and long after the rubble is cleared, they review anticipate and sometimes lay ground for what needs to be rebuilt.

This exhibit has been developed from OUT OF RUBBLE, with texts by Holly Edwards and editor Susanne Slavick, and published by Charta Art Books in 2011 — a larger project that includes artists from Diana Al-Hadid to Xu Zhen.

Related events during the exhibit include:
December 2: Opening Reception 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Opening with gallery talk by curator Susanne Slavick at 7:00pm
December 9 and 10 at 8:30pm:

MillerDANCE presents OUT OF RUBBLE – The Phoenix Rising with a pre-performance conversation on December 9 at 8:10pm, hosted by Karen Dacko (Dance Editor for Pittsburgh Magazine) with curator Susanne Slavick and company director Mary Miller.
January 27 5:30-9:00pm: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl
January 29: Disarming Words

1:30 Out of Rubble Gallery Talk and Poems with curator Susanne Slavick

2:00 Poetry Reading with Lynn Emanuel and Terrance Hayes

2:30 Raging Grannies Singing Escort to 2nd floor, 937 Liberty Avenue

2:40 Warrior Writers and Public Poetry with Iraqi readers at Windows and Mirrors, Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a traveling mural project of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) through February 12, 2012. Readings followed by gallery discussion.

This exhibit has been developed from OUT OF RUBBLE (Charta, 2011), with texts by Holly Edwards and editor Susanne Slavick and works by artists from Diana Al-Hadid to Xu Zhen. Out of Rubble travels to: Bowling Green State University Galleries, OH and The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, PA in 2012; String Room Gallery, Wells College, Aurora, NY and Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, CA in 2013; Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, University of Maryland Baltimore County, MD and UC Art Museum, Boulder, CO in 2014. OUT OF RUBBLE is a project of 10 Years Counting. 10yearsandcounting.org


Susanne Slavick: slavick@andrew.cmu.edu