The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces

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Homes for the Disembodied , 2006 50 Continuous Yards Of Silk © Courtesy of the Artist and de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University
The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces
Curated by: Jennifer Heath

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0550
January 15th, 2011 - March 11th, 2011
Opening: January 21st, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Peninsula/South Bay
Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
new media, veil, photography, installation, sculpture


This traveling exhibition features more than thirty works of art that explore the veil in its broadest and most universal contexts. Organized into three thematic sections—The Sacred Veil, The Sensuous Veil, and The Sociopolitical Veil—the show aims to transcend current clichés and stereotypes of Islamic practices and to investigate the importance of the veil throughout human history.

The veiling of women, men, and sacred places has existed in countless cultures and religions throughout history. Veiling expands far beyond Islam and the Middle East, yet it is vastly misunderstood and today it is a battleground for power and political agendas. The artists included in this exhibition examine issues such as modesty, oppression, liberation, freedom of expression, spirituality, nature, and magic. They represent diverse backgrounds, spiritual practices, and points of view. Through their work, the artists in this show challenge, condemn, embrace, and praise the veil.

A visual companion to the curator Jennifer Heath's edited volume, The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press), this exhibition includes works in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and new media. The Veil also includes an interactive component called "What Does the Veil Mean to You?" In this activity visitors are encouraged to share their responses on brightly colored silk headscarves that are displayed on laundry lines.

Artists in the exhibition include Sama Alshaibi, Tulu Bayar, Tiffany Besonen, Elizabeth Bisbing, Christine Breslin, Jo-Ann Brody, Fatma Charfi, Juliet Davis, Rebecca DiDomenico, Yassi Golshani, Ana Maria Hernando, Valari Jack, Tsehai Johnson, Tania Kamal-Eldin, Deb King, Mary Kite and Ana Baer-Carillo, Shakuntala Kulkarni, Anita Kunz, Judith Selby Lang, Victoria May, Aphrodite Desirée Navab, Brenda Oelbaum, Sara Rahbar, Larissa Sansour, Mary Tuma, Kim Turos, Kerry Vander Meer, Eve Whittaker, Sherry Wiggins, and Helen Zughaib. In addition, The Veil features the 23 artist (Euroamerican and others) portfolio in book form, Reinterpreting the Middle East. The Veil is organized by independent curator Jennifer Heath.

To learn more about The Veil and Jennifer Heath's edited volume, The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics, click here.

Generous support for The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces provided by The Boulder Arts Commission and The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.