The exhibition explores the resonance in the visual arts of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869–1948) and his ethics of nonviolence, or satyagraha (“truth force”). Approximately 130 works spanning several centuries and including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures, rare books, and films by artists from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe, echo the exhibition’s humanitarian themes. The title references Gandhi’s autobiography, My Experiments with Truth, and his life-long belief that truth is the essence of a moral, spiritual life and its discovery is an ever-evolving process. Included are iconic images of Gandhi as well as photographs and materials related to predecessors and followers in his quest for self-rule/control as a basis for a just society. A wide-ranging selection of art encompasses works from sacred traditions that inspired Gandhi, civil rights photography from the United States and South Africa, room-sized installations by Amar Kanwar, Kimsooja, and William Kentridge, and a variety of works chosen by curator Josef Helfenstein to propose to each viewer opportunities to reflect on their own experience of art and truth and what they might mean.
This eminent civil-rights activist, teacher of nonviolent resistance, and minister will speak on the relevance of Gandhi’s ethics of nonviolence.
An exploration of the nature and significance of M.L. King Jr’s and Gandhi’s influence on hip-hop and its contribution to social justice and nonviolence.