EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS CURATED BY DORIT JORDAN DOTAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 2017

Evanston Art Center 2017 Exhibition:

FAR FROM THE FRONT LINES

DATES: Thursday, September 7 – Sunday, October 1

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 8, 6 – 8pm

GALLERY HOURS: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday

EVANSTON ART CENTER ANNOUNCES AN EXHIBITION FEATURING WORKS CURATED BY DORIT JORDAN DOTAN

The Evanston Art Center (EAC) is excited to welcome the public to Far From the Front Lines, an exhibit curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan.

This exhibition brings together a community of artists who strongly feel that art is personal, that the personal is political, and the political is very personal. The twenty-two North American contemporary artists selected for this exhibition were among those who responded to the call to create art about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As in many mediums, perspective derives from distance; being far away opens up a natural space for new viewpoints.  Artists who are Far From the Front Lines have created an opportunity for artful dialog beyond borders. It allows both the audience and the artists themselves to actively promote meaningful change in our minds, where all borders ultimately reside.   

This exhibit is about coexistence, hope, and showing fine art. Social change has often been brought about by artists who dare to say what few want to hear. The vision from this exhibit is a starting point from which to inspire new ways of thinking.  The context of an exhibition expands the space of the artist to encompass not only the individual onlooker, but a community as a whole: diverse, tolerant, contentious, questing after justice at home, and personally - sometimes viscerally - invested in events far away. Artists far from mapped borders may be among the first to finally, tentatively, step over into new territory.

The exhibition includes paintings, photography, calligraphy, installation, video, mixed media and new media.

Israeli Artist Dorit Jordan Dotan, has recently relocated to Evanston IL, where she lives and works. For over 30 years she has actively worked in the areas of peace, coexistence, women’s issues and human rights. A long-time participant in many social change activities, her role as a documentary photographer has brought her photographs and designs to the wider public.  In her work Dorit combines her photography with innovative digital art.  Her images often express her social/political views.  Through her creations, she attempts to call attention to social and cultural issues. 

Her fine art has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Berlin and Jerusalem. Her documentary photographs have focused on coexistence and the human cost of the conflict.   In a recent exhibition for the Jerusalem Biennale, Dorit created an interactive installation where the viewer was invited to participate in their own experience of art.  She is fascinated by the interface between art and its viewer, how the art itself can invite the viewer to actively engage in the piece, and how this experience can change the viewer’s opinions.

Featured artists include: Adrianna Poterash, Beth Krensky, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Ellen Holtzblatt, Gabriella Boros, Jake Mezrahi, James Holloway, Judith Joseph, Kanaan Kanaan

Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer, Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, Leona Strassberg Steiner, Liam O’Connor, LNM, Margaret Olin, Munir Alawi, Nancy Current, Naomi Safran-Hon, Shay Arick, Susan C. Dessel, and Susan Dickman.

Far From the Front Lines will be exhibited in the main first floor gallery of the Art Center. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 8, 6 – 8pm which will be free and open to the public.

Evanston Art Center, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, is dedicated to fostering the appreciation and expression of the arts among diverse audiences. The Art Center offers extensive and innovative instruction in broad areas of artistic endeavor through classes, exhibitions, interactive arts activities, and community outreach initiatives.

Evanston Art Center is located at 1717 Central Street, Evanston, IL. Evanston Art Center Gallery Hours: 9am – 9pm, Monday – Thursday; 9am – 5pm, Friday; 9am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday. First and second floor gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. Limited free parking is available.

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