Galleries Feature Sculptures and Women’s Rights Posters
Jan. 9, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— “Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based
Inequality, Violence and Discrimination” and “Line Drawings” by Claire Hedden are
featured at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries Jan. 15 through Feb. 22. Both galleries are free and open to the public.
On display in the Merwin Gallery, “Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International
Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination” showcases 75 posters
created by both men and women to celebrate and acknowledge the vital role that all
citizens play in protecting and promoting human rights. Organized and curated by Elizabeth
Resnick, Professor Emerita of graphic design with the Massachusetts College of Art
and Design in Boston, the posters challenge gender inequality and stereotypes, advance
reproductive and sexual rights, advocate protecting women and girls against brutality,
and promote women’s empowerment, education and participation in society.
In conjunction with the exhibit, internationally recognized New York-based artist
Luba Lukova will present a talk on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Merwin Gallery. Lukova
creates arguably some of the most iconic imagery in the realm of contemporary poster
design. In her art, less is more: More effect, more message, and more expression,
all while doing it with less. The graphic elements are bold with few fine details,
but the intent is clear. Her messages reflect the human condition, fundamental fairness
On display in the Wakeley Gallery, Claire Hedden’s “Line Drawings” exhibit captures
and animates liminal moments to reveal a world in which objects, beings, emotions
and place are interconnected and in flux. Each sculpture’s form is an adaptation or
challenge to its surroundings, expressing a range of emotions like defeat, defiance,
risk or hope.
On Jan. 17 at 1 p.m., Hedden will host a public reception and talk in the Wakeley
Gallery. Hedden works with clay, fabric, foam and other common materials of the domestic
environment. The work is drawn from Hedden’s interests in postmodern abstraction of
amassing information, contemporary domestic lifestyle, and gesture and locomotion's
connection to emotion.
The “Women's Rights Are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality,
Violence and Discrimination” and “Line Drawings” exhibits are on display in the Joyce
G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington) Jan. 15 through
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. to
9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.