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Here and Now: Multicultural Perspectives on the Present Moment
On view from March 1 to April 1, 2007
This exhibition features works from the permanent collection of the LaSalle University Art Museum and is curated by La Salle University doctoral students in psychology, Michael Holston, Amanda Johnson, Donald Marks, Casey Murray, Sejal Patel, Amanda Regnaud, Alix Sarubbi, Rosanna Sposato, working with faculty advisors Kelly McClure and Jennifer Block Lerner. Here and Now will be on view March 1 through April 1, 2007.
The exhibition’s title refers to the experience of being mindful of the present, an idea that is currently being explored in clinical psychology as a tool for helping individuals improve their mental and physical health. This exhibition is organized around the primary author of the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills Professor Ruth Baer’s five factors of present-moment awareness, which include observing, describing, acting with awareness, accepting without judgment and non-reactivity.
Demonstrating the cross-cultural universality of the concept of mindfulness in images of contemplation, awareness of sensory perceptions, concentration on a task, and momentary atmospheric conditions, the show brings together works produced in a variety of media from a broad historical background. They encompass works on paper, paintings, and photography, from Europe, the United States, and Asia from the early 16th century to the present. Artists represented include Albrecht Dürer, Claude Mellan, Utagawa Kunisada and Ando Hiroshige, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, Lucien Pissarro, Käthe Schmidt Kollwitz, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.
The exhibition coincides with the University’s prestigious Grimes Lecture on March 1, 2007, given this year by Dr. Alan E. Kazdin, Director and Chairman of the Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, on the “Treatment of Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents.”