To Hear and Be Heard

To Hear and Be Heard

Graphic Design by Sandra Jamaleddine

Opening October 16th and on view through January 22, 2021, Santa Clara University Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present To Hear and Be Heard, a virtual group art exhibition that considers civility.

2020 has been an unprecedented year. Along with a worldwide pandemic there is continued injustice, polarization and antagonism within communities around the globe, such that we often seem unable to truly listen, relate, empathize and solve problems together as human beings. In response to this discord and division there are appeals for civility. What is civility? The word civility comes from the Latin word “civilitas”, from “civilis” meaning relating to citizens. In its early use the term denoted the state of being a citizen and consequently meant good citizenship. Today, ideas and discourse about the modern meaning and relevance of civility are controversial and unsettled. Much more than etiquette, civility ideally encompasses empathetic and respectful behavior amongst diverse groups; an essential aspect of civility is to listen – to hear, and likewise, to be heard.

Through the art of seventeen artists working in diverse media, “To Hear and Be Heard” considers civility, our life in community, what divides us and unites us. Exhibiting artists include: Alice Beasley, Sandow Birk, Sheila Pree Bright, Marie Cameron, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Brian Dettmer, Julie Heffernan, Phillip Hua, Sherry Karver, Lisa Kokin, Roberto Lugo, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Nazanin Hedayat Munroe, Priscilla Otani, Maria Porges and Chelsea Ryoko Wong.

Curator Marianne McGrath explains, “In this momentous time, we truly need to hear and be heard. From voting in our upcoming elections to tackling the complex problems of social injustice, the pandemic and the environment, this is a time to re-think and redefine what it means to be civil, to be a citizen, to listen and be heard with our voices, actions and the visual expression and problem solving that art uniquely provides.”