UNION – Kean University will host The Veil: Visible and Invisible Spaces, curated by Jennifer Heath, now through May 10, in the Karl and Helen Burger Art Gallery, located in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success Building, 1000 Morris Ave. in Union.
The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces is a traveling exhibition that investigates the veil in its broadest and most universal contexts. This exhibition focuses on the great tradition and importance of the veil throughout human history and the clichés and stereotypes that challenge modern society.
The veiling of women, men and sacred places has existed among people of countless cultures and religions from time immemorial. Veiling began long before Islam and spans geographies far beyond the Middle East, yet it is vastly misunderstood, and is today a battleground for power and political agendas.
The 29 artists in The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces examine contemporary issues such as modesty, oppression, liberation and freedom of expression. These artists also explore spirituality, nature and magic. They represent diverse societies, diverse spiritual practices and diverse points of view. The artists challenge, condemn, praise and embrace veiling. Their works converse with one another to create a bigger picture of the universal history, folklore and politics of the veil.
Gallery hours are Monday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.
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