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The Culture of Rights/The Rights of Culture: Loren Schwerd

February 18, 2009 - March 11, 2009

Gallery Hours: M-Th; 8:30 am – 7pm; Friday 8:30 am – 4pm; weekends by appt.

A juried solo show that provides a visual arts component to the IRW interdisciplinary seminar. Loren Schwerd has created a series of memorials to the communities of New Orleans that were devastated by the flooding following Hurricane Katrina, using human hair as one of her materials. “Hair acts as the essential metaphor for these works by evoking a sense of profound intimacy and absence, by referring to Victorian mourning practices, and by incorporating the racial politics that have paralyzed the city’s recovery effort.”



Loren Schwerd, The Corner of Maurice and Chartres St., 2007
human hair, steel and wire, 18 x 12 x 8 inches

This exhibition is part of the Mary H. Dana Women Artist Series.


The Institute for Women and Art welcomes all visitors with disabilities. Please contact the IWA for further details and information regarding accommodation of specific needs at: or 732-932-3726.


February 18, 2009
March 11, 2009
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Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
8 Chapel Drive
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 United States


Nicole Ianuzelli