Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

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Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art
Curated by: Randy Jayne Rosenberg

9500 Gilman Drive, 0327
Mandeville Center
La Jolla, CA 92093
October 23rd, 2009 - December 12th, 2009
Opening: October 23rd, 2009 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

san diego
(858) 534 - 0419
Tue,Thu 11-5; Wed,Fri 11-7:30
mixed-media, photography, digital, installation, video-art, modern, sculpture
free admission


For the new exhibition season the University Art Gallery, UC San Diego presents an international exhibition entitled Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art. The exhibition brings together artists from around the world to explore the global ramifications of gender-based violence. The exhibition, curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg executive director of Art Works For Change, features twenty-one artists from nineteen countries. “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,” explains Randy Jayne Rosenberg. “The stories that underlie these artworks return us imaginatively to the event of violation and allow it to affect us.” Premised on the visionary potential in art, the exhibition avoids tabloid and sensational imagery. The invited artists were asked, “To help us create new representations through their artworks and,  in doing so, help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women,” says Rosenberg.


The exhibition hopes to help create a new conversation on this important topic. The exhibition explores multiple aspects of violence against women and girls organized within several thematic categories: Violence and the Individual; Violence and the Family; Violence and the Community; Violence and Culture; Violence and Politics. The organizers hope the audience leaves the exhibition with a better understanding of the roots of abuse, a feeling of empathy, and an awareness of choice in their actions and beliefs. These problems, though widespread, are often invisible, says Rosenberg. “When we encounter violence against women, we often overlook the facts and experience a sort of blindness. We choose not to see the devastation of domestic violence, calling it ‘a family affair’. Honor-killings of women in faraway regions of the world become nothing more than a ‘cultural difference’. We find it hard to believe that sex trafficking and exploitation occur in our cities, close to home. The rape and torture of women during armed conflict is the inevitable ‘messiness of war’. As such, the political and systemic sources of violence are often underestimated or overlooked.”


The University Art Gallery is partnering with 5 Women Who Care and other local organizations in the San Diego community as well as departments and programs on campus in order to create an extensive calendar of programming. To learn about upcoming programming please visit our website at regularly.



Art Works for Change produces contemporary art exhibitions to address social and environmental. It uses the power of art as a vehicle to promote dialogue and awareness, and to inspire action and thought. Art Works for Change operates under the fiscal umbrella of the Tides Center, a tax-exempt organization.


5 Women Who Care is a group of women who came together to help make a difference and bring awareness to women’s and children’s issues globally.  Operating out of the San Diego area, these 5 Women collaborate with like-minded organizations for the empowerment and justice of women and children worldwide.


The University Art Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am - 5pm.

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