-- Held in the Month of May — During Which Mother’s Day Traditionally Falls — the Exhibition Celebrates Women Who Support and Nurture Others Outside of the
Traditional Role of Mother --
WHAT: Life-Giving Art: 9 Women Artists of the Diaspora is a virtual exhibition of works by nine women artists that reflects their life experiences as members of the Hellenic diaspora and a broader vision of motherhood that embraces the many roles that women play in supporting the hopes and pursuits of others, nurturing and strengthening cultural connections.
The exhibition was developed in response to the unique challenges presented by COVID-19-imposed restrictions on public gatherings. It seeks to inspire viewers with a sense of hope and an appreciation for meaningful human connections at a time of unprecedented individual isolation.
WHO: Mixed media artist Eozen
Agopian; visual artist, architect,
and interior designer Helen
Daferera; mixed-media information artist Nicole
Economides; sculptor and installation artist Eleni Giannopoulou; sculptor and ceramicist Morfy Gkikas; painter Despina
Konstantinides; mixed media artist Despo
Magoni; photographer Aphrodite Navab; sculptor and painter Sophia Vari.
The exhibition is curated by Tiffany M. Apostolou, an art historian who
specializes in cross-temporal art historical research. With a background in
architecture, Apostolou explores connections between Byzantine and Contemporary
WHERE: Access the virtual
exhibition from the Hellenic American Project (HAP) website by clicking here; access the exhibition catalogue here. Visit the HAP homepage here. Currently, the exhibition has no end date.
Background: The Hellenic American Project (HAP), based in the Queens College/CUNY Department of Sociology Department documents the Hellenic American presence in the United States from the first wave of mass immigration in 1900 to the present. It operates as a research facility, archive, Greek American library, museum, and event space.
HAP seeks to create a seamless narrative that encompasses the Hellenic American experience through an innovative multifaceted approach, making combined primary and secondary sources available to the public for educational and research purposes. Among its initiatives are recording generational oral histories, analyzing population data, curating and digitizing digital cultural artifacts and publications, and organizing academic symposia and cultural events. Directed by Queens College sociology professor Nicholas Alexiou, HAP is the only program of its kind in New York City.