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Alfons Gallery
1501 S. Layton Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Layton Boulevard West

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"The New Global Women" Exhibit at Alfons Gallery

Starts at 12:00 PM on February 27th, 2013

A new exhibit at Alfons Gallery will continue the long-standing commitment of the School Sisters of St. Francis to the arts and social justice. "The New Global Women," presenting artwork by photographer Larry D’Attilio, will be on display February 10-March 10, 2013, with an opening reception on Sunday, February 10, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. D’Attilio will present an artist talk from 2:00-2:15 p.m.

"The New Global Women" is a photographic exploration of the challenges faced by young Vietnamese women. D’Attilio, a New York native, was a resident artist at Campus Ha Noi in Vietnam from 2006-2007, which is where he found the inspiration for this series.

"Though D’Attilio’s images are portraits of young Vietnamese women, they are not typical portraits," said Alfons Gallery Director Valerie J. Christell. "The abstract quality of his constructed images upholds his Postmodern role as the ‘Other,’ in spite of his immersion in the culture."

"In Vietnam—a country sprinting towards first-world status—some women suddenly have the same freedom to make decisions for themselves that Western women have," D’Attilio said. "But how do they deal with their overwhelming inner dialogue, trying to balance their sense of self with all the traditional expectations?"

Through this exhibit, D’Attilio aims to offer visitors a unique, insider’s opportunity to witness the struggles of the young women featured in his photographs.

Christell noted " ‘The New Global Women’ exhibit is a reflection on a fundamental issue faced by diverse women throughout the world as technology generates a global sharing of cultures. The exploration of women confronting issues in Vietnam is a starting point for a larger dialogue about women’s roles throughout the world."

As part of the exhibit’s run, D’Attilio will offer an artist talkback titled "Constructing and Deconstructing Images" at Alfons Gallery on Sunday, February 24 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Alfons Gallery is located at St. Joseph Center, 1501 S. Layton Blvd. (27th Street and Greenfield Avenue) in Milwaukee. Free parking is available in the lot that is accessible on 29th and Orchard (Alexia Circle entrance). For more information on Alfons Gallery, please email vchristell@sssf.org, call 414-385-5273, or visit the gallery’s website at www.sssf.org/gallery.

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

About Alfons Gallery

Alfons Gallery’s mission reflects the local and global work of the School Sisters of St. Francis. Exhibitions celebrate cultural diversity and advocate for justice and peace through the artistic vision. Multidisciplinary events aim to both educate and inspire viewers about our world and the impact every individual makes in it.

Our Cultural Gift Shop’s mission is to expand cultural awareness and support artisans working in our global missions as well as fine craft artists working locally.

About The School Sisters of St. Francis

The School Sisters of St. Francis are an international community of Catholic sisters who unite with others to build a just and peaceful world. Founded in 1874, they now have sisters, associates, staff, donors and volunteers actively working to address the needs of those who are poor and marginalized by society. Their mission is thriving throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and India. For more information about the School Sisters of St. Francis, please visit www.sssf.org.