Daniel Heyman (MFA ‘91) in Exhibit at Swarthmore College Opening Thurs. Mar 4, 4:30-7pm

Daniel Heyman (MFA '91) will have a solo exhibit titled Bearing Witness at the List Gallery at Swarthmore College. The exhibit is open from March 4 to April 9 and is held in conjunction with a symposium on Saturday, March 20.

For the past four years, Daniel Heyman, has traveled to Jordan and Turkey to meet with former Iraqi detainees, paint their portraits, and record their testimony. His exhibition will feature a selection of his portraits of survivors of torture at Abu Grahib prison as well as portraits of African American men from the Philadelphia area who have endured extreme poverty and repeated incarceration. Heyman’s moving portraits neither sensationalize the horrific stories told by their subjects nor emphasize his own emotional reaction. Instead, as Swarthmore Professor of Sociology Robin Wagner-Pacifici points out in her forthcoming exhibition catalog essay, Heyman’s portraits, with their selective inclusion of excerpts of sworn testimony, emphasize the subjects’ professional and familial roles—fundamental aspects of our social and personal identity. In doing so, the portraits restore dignity and individuality to those who have been deprived of their most basic human rights.

Heyman graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Visual Studies and received an M.F.A in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Numerous institutions have acquired portfolios of his work including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Princeton University Art Museum. Heyman is a 2009 Pew Fellowship recipient. In addition, he has received many fellowships including awards from the MacDowell colony, the AMJ foundation, the Philadelphia Print Collaborative, and the Independence Foundation. A distinguished visiting artist and critic at noted institutions, including Cranbrook Academy and the University of Iowa, Heyman teaches printmaking regularly at Swarthmore College and Rhode Island School of Design.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 4, 5:30-7:00pm
Artist Lecture: Thursday, March 4, 4:30pm
Exhibition Dates: March 4 - April 9, 2010

Symposium: Saturday, March 20, 2010
Artists in Wartime: Bearing Witness/Shaping a Response

Symposium Schedule:
9:30 a.m.

Welcome reception Lang Performing Arts Center Lobby (coffee and pastries)
10:00 a.m.—Noon
Symposium—Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
Janine Mileaf, moderator, Assistant Professor of Art History, Swarthmore College
Eric Avery, Artist, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Damian Cote, Artist
Juan Manuel Echavarria, Artist
Daniel Heyman, Artist, Visiting Associate Professor of Studio Art, Swarthmore College and at Rhode Island School of Design
Andrew Lichtenstein, documentary photographer
Melissa Ho, Artist and Art Historian

Noon-1:00 p.m.—Light lunch fare provided
Reception in McCabe Library main lobby for Printmakers go to War: Works by Daniel Heyman in collaboration with Nick Flynn, Damian Cote, Eric Avery, and Michael Reed

1:00 p.m.—Poetry Reading by Nick Flynn
McCabe Library Lobby
Nick Flynn, has published his works in The New Yorker, The Nation, Fence, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, and NPR's This American Life. Author of A Note Slipped Under the Door with Shirley McPhillips. his awards include "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, , and fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress.

List Gallery
McCabe Library
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081

To see more of Daniel's work, visit www.danielheyman.com

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