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Afghan War Casualties Memorialized Through the Eyes of World Artists and Afghan Youth

Traveling Mural Exhibit to Open at Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum Marks

9th Anniversary of the War; on View from December 9, 2010 – January 30, 2011

FLUSHING, NY, November 23, 2010 -- Civilian casualties are commemorated in Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition coming to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum for the second stop on its cross-country tour. The show features fifty 4’ x 6’ panels on parachute fabric made by an international group of artists, including participants from Queens College. The exhibition also introduces images collected by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor of education at Lewis and Clark College who visited Afghanistan and asked high school students to draw images from their daily reality.

Organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)—a Quaker organization dedicated to peace and nonviolence—Windows and Mirrors comes to Queens from its debut at the historic Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 7. “The AFSC hopes that visitors to Windows and Mirrors will join us in the nationwide dialogue about the war and how we can move toward positive alternatives,” said Mary Zerkel, the exhibition’s national tour director. “We hope that each person will make a commitment to speak to just 10 of their friends, family, or neighbors about the human cost of the war in Afghanistan.”

QC art education professor Rikki Asher, an active member of the New York mural community, participated in the project and initiated the showing at the Godwin-Ternbach. “This exhibition is an ideal vehicle for educators, students, and the public to explore history and events through visual imagery created as public art,” says Asher. Also included in the exhibition is Irene Ulfan, a QC graduate student in art education, who contributed a panel, Explosive Childhood, that depicts four children in silhouette, playing in the shadow of a detonated bomb.

The project is supported by Prof. Lynn Howell, Counselor for Educational and Community Programs, who funded exhibition education guides for public school students and assisted in community outreach; Prof. Mark Rosenblum, Director of QC Jewish Studies and the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding; the Queens College Office of the President; and the Friends of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

A 100 page, full-color catalogue is available for purchase.

Free Opening Reception and Activities, December 9, 6-8 pm

● A concert of Arabic/jazz fusion will be presented by Palestinian musician and composer Tareq Abboushi, whose credits include music for the film West Bank-Brooklyn, theme music for WBAI’s radio show “Fen Meshnoon with Dean and Maysoon,” numerous recordings, and concerts at Symphony Space, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and major international festivals, 6 pm.

● Artist and activist Janet Braun-Reinitz, co-author with Jane Weissman of On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City (2009), will join Drs. Asher and Winter at the reception to discuss her work, 6:30 pm.

● “Visions of Afghanistan,” a reading of a travel account from the 1930s by the Swiss author, journalist, and activist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, by Amy Winter, director and curator of the GT Museum, 7 pm.

For information about the exhibition and programs call 718.997.4747 or visit Exhibition entry and public programs are FREE.

Museum Hours

Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm

The museum’s schedule reflects the college’s academic calendar. It is closed during college recesses and holidays. Call 718-997-4747 to verify dates of current and upcoming exhibitions and events.

Travel Information

By car, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is 40 minutes from midtown Manhattan. Directions are at

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College is the only comprehensive collection of art and artifacts in the borough of Queens, housing nearly 4,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times. The mission of the GTM has grown over time from serving as a teaching museum for the benefit of art and art history students to embracing all disciplines and an increasingly diverse and engaged community. All exhibitions are free, as are their related programs.

For a full schedule of the exhibition’s national tour, please visit

The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.


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