Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art Hosts Exhibit of Art by Saudi Arabian Women
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is hosting the exhibition, Women’s Point of View from Saudi Arabia, until November 12, 2017.
Women’s Point of View focuses on the female perspective in a Muslim and male-dominated society through photographs and other projects of 38 female students from Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Linda Schaefer, a world renown photographer and former professor at East Central University, is now a photography professor at Dar Al-Hekma. She said, “For the past year the Commercial Photography class was given the assignment ‘Women’s Point of View’ from Saudi Arabia to give the students the opportunity to express a unique interpretation of their culture, religion and traditions. Some students chose an abstract method combining their graphic design skills to convey either a story, a mood or a personal vision of themselves as women. As a female American professor teaching at Dar Al-Hekma University, I am continually amazed by the talent and professional skills of my students.”
The projects include a student who interviewed several women in Pakistan who had been victims of acid attacks and burnings. She created a book which included photos of these women along with their stories. These very powerful photographs are framed within the societal context from which they are taken.
Another project is a book created jointly by 11 students. Each student designed a section detailing their family history. Family is a very important aspect of these students' lives, both culturally and as women. Every section has a unique style based on the individual students painting, photographs and graphic designs which surround the text.
The exhibit consists of photographs, graphic design projects, and other multi-media works.
The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art is located on the campus of St. Gregory’s University, 1900 W. MacArthur St. in Shawnee. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors age 65 or older, $3 for students and children ages 6 to 17, and free for children age 5 and younger. Visit www.mgmoa.org for more information.
This exhibition is funded in part by the Avedis Foundation, Oklahoma Arts Council, ArtWorks, Allied Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities, and the Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Wissinger Memorial Fund. For accommodations on the basis of disability or more information on this exhibit, call the museum at (405) 878-5300.