The Future of the Past: Art and Activism | Lesley University, 2019


Exhibition Dates:

March 18 - April 15, 2019

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk:
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 PM


Marran Gallery (adjacent to Marran Theater)
Lesley University
34 Mellen St, Cambridge, MA

For information, contact:
Mary Harvey:
Hope Ricciardi:

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Nancy Beardall, PhD, LMHC, BC-DMT, CMA
Associate Professor
Dance/Movement Therapy Coordinator
Lesley University

Meenakshi Chhabra, PhD
Interim Associate Dean
Director of the Global Interdisciplinary Studies Program
Lesley University

Isabelle Olsson
Curator, Marran Gallery
Coordinator of Academic Affairs and Special Programing
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences
Lesley University

Mary Harvey, PhD
Founder/Director, Violence Transformed

Hope Ricciardi
Artist and Curator, Violence Transformed

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Lorie Hamermesh, "Under Wraps," watercolor and carborundum

Featured Artists:

Rachel Asarnow
Gail Jerauld Bos
Lorie Hamermesh
Madeleine Lord
Bob McMackin
Stephan Reynolds
Ruth Rosner
Anne Strout
Calista Womick

The Vulva Quilt Facilitators:
Michaela Kirby & Michelle Napoli

with Artists:
Connie Chamberlain
Anne Ellsworth
Nancy Lautenbach
Lauren Leone
Dana Roth
Community Members from Somerville
Image Gallery:

Video by Bob McMackin, a memorial to the victims of the Parkland shooting on February 14, 2018:

In the 6th year of our annual Spring event, Lesley University’s Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and Violence Transformed look to embrace the Artist as Social Activist with The Future of the Past: Art and Activism. With this exhibit we affirm the power of art, artists and art-making to hold a mirror to us all and to thereby ask us all to take a close look at the world we live in: is this the world we want? is this a society with which we are content? Should we, can we, will we act to improve our world, to address the violence and harm that humankind seems prone to, to pursue social justice for all? The artists sharing their work at the exhibit are asking us to get involved — to be part of the process of social change and to join them in a search for social justice.