Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.
Tapestries of Hope: Human Rights and the Arpillera Movement in Chile.
Chilean arpilleras, small tapestries made from leftover cloth, tell the stories of human rights abuses at the hands of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. This art form emerged out of the widespread practice of “disappearing” human rights activists during the period of military rule, 1973 – 1990. Mothers and other other loved ones of the missing created these small works, which expressed the pain of loss, as well as hope for a democratic and peaceful future. This exhibition emerges from the collection of Marjorie Agosin, a prominent Chilean poet and human rights activist.
One Way Ticket to Mars? Colonization and Beyond... What scientific, engineering and social challenges must be surmounted, if human beings are travel to Mars and reside on its surface over the long term? Would you be willing to undertake a one way trip to the Red Planet? Do human beings have the ethical right to "terraform" Mars, transforming its ecosystem into one that resembles the Earth?
Liberty Denied: Immigration, Detention, Deportation. Recent art work explores the challenges experienced by immigrants, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest.
Moving Stories: Objects of Migration. Personal objects lent by local families help chronicle stories of migration, near and far. How do physical things connect us to remembered homelands and help us as we adjust to new surroundings?
A Star is Born: Understanding the Physics of Star Formation. How do dense regions in interstellar space fuse to create stars? We examine recent images of spectacular "stellar nurseries" and consider our emerging understanding of varied patterns and processes through which stars are created.