Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art

February 1, 2014 to April 20, 2014

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is a compelling exhibition curated and organized through Art Works for Change, an organization whose mission is to “harness the transformative power of art to promote awareness, provoke dialogue and inspire action.” Through this exhibition, Art Works for Change is bringing much needed attention to the violence experienced by women world-wide. As exhibition curator and Art Works for Change founder Randy Rosenberg states, “The range of gender-based violence is devastating, occurring, quite literally, from womb to tomb. It occurs in every segment of society, regardless of class, ethnicity, culture, or whether the country is at peace or war.”

Featuring the work of 30 international artists, Off the Beaten Path brings awareness of the root causes of violence against women and aims to create empathy for women’s stories. The dialogue fostered through the art displayed – painting, photography, sculpture, multi-media, video, installation – speaks to the pervasiveness of this social issue. Ultimately the show aspires to empower women and girls with new behavioral choices.

Premised on the visionary potential of art, the stories that underlie featured artwork by Mona Hatoum, Marina Abramović, Wangechi Mutu, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Yoko Ono among others, help us feel and understand the essence of the problem of violence against women. Can art foment social change? It is the hope and intent of Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art that, yes, art can indeed be a powerful medium and agent for change towards betterment of society as a whole.

This exhibition was organized by Art Works for Change, Inc. with generous support from the Oak Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the Donner Canadian Foundation.

This exhibition contains mature content.

WAG Shines the Spotlight on Women, Violence - Winnipeg Free Press - Jan 29, 2104

Breakfast Television Local Arts Update - Jan 31, 2014

Gabriela Morawetz, J’ai reve que… (I have dreamed that…), from The Sleeping Self series, 2008-2009.

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Past Programs & Events

  • Off the Beaten Path Member Opening

    Featuring the work of 30 international artists,Off the Beaten Path brings awareness of the root causes of violence against women and aims to create empathy for women’s stories. Please join us for our Members Preview, with tours by Helen Delacretaz, Chief Curator at noon and 2:30pm.

    Friday, January 31, 2014 from 11am to 4pm

  • Off the Beaten Path Public Opening

    Featuring the work of 30 international artists, Off the Beaten Path brings awareness of the root causes of violence against women and aims to create empathy for women’s stories.

    Friday, January 31, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm

  • Conversation Cafe - Violence against women: Does culture matter?

    Winnipeg Art Gallery, Islamic Social Services Association, and the Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba invite you to an evening of sharing and conversation cafés about culture and violence against women.

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 6pm to 9pm

  • Off the Beaten Path: Drop in Tours

    Explore the exhibition, Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art with one of our Gallery tour guides during a drop-in tour.

    Sunday February 23, 2014
    Sunday March 9, 2014
    Sunday March 16, 2014
    Sunday March 23, 2014
    Sunday March 30, 2014
    Sunday April 6, 2014
    Sunday April 13, 2014

  • Here: a new work by Rebecca Belmore

    Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm

  • Rebecca Belmore Artist Talk

    Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 2pm to 3pm

  • International Women's Day

    Saturday March 8, 2014

  • Tour: Off the Beaten Path with Chief Curator, Helen Delacretaz

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm

  • Self Defense for Women

    This class will introduce a number of basic techniques conducted by Sensei Viet Doan, Head Instructor of Minh Duc Jiu Jitsu Self-Defense.

    Monday, March 17, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm

  • A Long Table Conversation: Art, Violence, and Change

    The Institute for Women's and Gender Studies and the WAG invite artists, activists, and members of the public to engage in a discussion about art, gender violence, and change.

    Friday, April 4, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm

  • Testimonial Two - Day Writing Workshop

    Every woman's story has power and purpose, which is why The Voices and Faces Project launched "The Stories We Tell," the first testimonial writing workshop in the US for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking. This workshop is coming to Winnipeg in connection with Off the Beaten Path: Women, Art & Violence.

    Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 11am to 5pm
    Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 11am to 5pm

  • Silent Witness Project Memorial

    The 8th Annual Silent Witness Project Memorial is an exhibition of life-sized silhouettes, each representing a Manitoba woman who was murdered by her intimate partner. The memorial address the issue of domestic violence and offers remembrance to the slain women.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 11:30am to 1pm

  • Quilt Unveiling in Honour of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women & Girls

    The Government of Manitoba, in partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, invite you to the unveiling of a quilt/blanket wall hanging created by families of Manitoba’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in honour of their loved ones.

    Saturday April 12, 2014 at 2pm

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