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Beasts of Burden - our complex relationship with animals

An Art Exhibition Curated by Jane O’Hara

PAST EXHIBITION

Jane O'Hara curated the exhibit Beasts of Burden as a recipient of the Curatorial Opportunity Program (COP) from New Art Center in Newton, MA. The exhibit was co-presented with Kathleen Smith Redman of NAC and John Quatrale of Unbound Visual Arts at the Harvard Allston Education Portal Galleries March 13 – May 5th, 2014.

The exhibition featured the work of 14 artists including O'Hara from Boston, New York, Rhode Island, Georgia, Canada and California: Tony Bevilacqua, Ariel Bordeaux, Rebecca Doughty, Raul Gonzalez III, Wendy Klemperer, Denise Lindquist, Jo-Anne McArthur, Moira McLaughlin, Sterling Mulbry, Jane O'Hara, Gedas Paskauskas, Jo Tyler and Shannon Wright.

See the exhibit:

A 10 MINUTE TOUR OF THE ARTWORK OF BEASTS OF BURDEN, BY DENISE LINDQUIST

VIEW THE ARTWORK FROM BEASTS OF BURDEN AT HARVARD ALLSTON PORTAL, 2014.

Events:

During the exhibition there were two events held. A panel discussion was moderated by Almitra Stanley. The discussion shed light on the role of animals in the artists' lives and in their art making practices, their inspirations and creative processes.

PANEL DISCUSSION with images of the Beasts of Burden exhibit. Video by Denise Lindquist.

Both Nick Cooney of Mercy for Animals and Liz Weinstein of Great Dog Rescue New England, non-profit animal advocate groups, gave presentations about their missions and services. Nick spoke of MFA's dedication to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. GDRNE had adoptable dogs to meet—chihuahua puppies with their mama, Pretzel, who had been living in a gas station parking lot, and the little black pup Demi who was so happy with a constant tail wag.

Beasts of Burden art exhibit

Beasts of Burden is a provocative call to action art exhibition. It gives visitors the opportunity to ponder, through the art, how many different animals are treated as well as their own relationship to those animals."

John Quatrale, Executive Director, Unbound Visual Arts

"Beasts of Burden is as powerful and thought-provoking as it is artistically beautiful — do yourself a favor and pay a visit!"

Nick Cooney, Director of Education, Mercy For Animals and author of Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change