Panel Discussion and Art Exhibition Focusing on Discrimination, Immigration, and Citizenship will be Hosted by the Maxwell School and College of Visual Performing Arts at Syracuse University
Events are part of Maxwell’s 90th
anniversary celebration and VPA’s Steamroller Project
The Maxwell School of
Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Visual and Performing Arts
(VPA) at Syracuse University invite the public and members of the media to join
them for an exhibition and panel discussion on issues surrounding discrimination,
immigration, and citizenship as seen through the lens of artistic expression
and activism. The panel discussion will
take place on Thursday, September 18, beginning at 5:45 p.m. in 204 Maxwell
Hall on the SU campus.
The event, sponsored by Maxwell’s
Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)
and VPA and titled “Carving Through Borders: Discrimination, Immigration, and
Citizenship,” will feature an exhibition of large-scale prints created as part of
VPA’s long-running Steamroller Project.
The prints will be displayed in the Joseph A. Strasser Commons in Eggers
Hall during a reception beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Music will be provided by Samba Laranja: the Syracuse University Brazilian
The evening’s discussion will
bring together Syracuse University faculty and Santiago Armengod, a Mexico City-based
printmaker who attempts to communicate the urgency of radical change through
his artwork. The discussion will focus
on the tensions in American society and policy in relation to immigration and
citizenship, with a particular spotlight on the artistic expression of the
discrimination experienced by many Latin Americans.
Syracuse University panelists
will include Kristi Andersen, Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy
at the Maxwell School, and Andrew Saluti, assistant director of SUArt Galleries.
Catherine Gerard, director of PARCC,
The artwork was a collaborative
effort among VPA printmaking faculty and students, along with San Francisco
artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. It
was completed in March 2014 during a public event in San Francisco, where artists
created seven-foot-long woodcarvings that were inked and transferred onto
muslin cloth by a team of Syracuse University students using a two-ton
steamroller. The end product was
large-scale cloth prints that not only serve as artwork, but can be used as
tools for expression during rallies and marches.
choice of cloth over paper is intentional,” said Holly Greenberg, associate professor
and project coordinator at VPA. “It has
a durability that allows the prints to be used as banners in political marches
and human rights demonstrations across the U.S. Thanks to the sustainability of cloth, the
project will endure over years and have exposure beyond the walls of