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The George Washington University’s Corcoran Building Offers Public Hours for Photography Exhibit on Lives of Migrants

Corcoran Building

‘Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration’ on Display Through January 2016

November 02, 2015
Candace Smith: [email protected], 202-994-7564
Kurie Fitzgerald: [email protected], 202-994-6461
WASHINGTON (Oct. 29, 2015)—The George Washington University announced today that the atrium of the historic Corcoran Building, home to the GW Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, will be open to the public three days a week beginning Oct. 29 for the “Push Factors: Perspectives on Guatemalan Migration” exhibition. Public access will be offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
“We are pleased to offer regular public hours for this exhibition,” said Sanjit Sethi, director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. “This is the first of what we intend to be a series of exhibitions that will be free and open to the public.” 
“Push Factors,” featuring photographs of life in Guatemala following the country’s 36-year civil war, will be on display through Jan. 23, 2016. Visitors will be welcomed at the main 17th Street entrance and will have the option to participate in a guided or self-guided tour of the exhibition. 
“The atrium will carry exhibitions that specifically look at critical social issues through a creative lens and will also display updates on the progress of our multi-phase, multi-year renovation of the historic Corcoran Building,” said Mr. Sethi. “Welcoming the community back to the Corcoran is a vital part of its mission to celebrate what Mr. Corcoran called ‘the wealth of American genius.’ ”
The “Push Factors” exhibition highlights how resource exploitation, genocide, poverty, drought, femicide, gangs, corruption and racism in Guatemala led to mass migration. Curated by Heidi McKinnon, executive director of Curators Without Borders, the exhibition includes works by James Rodríguez, who moved to Guatemala in 2004 as a human rights observer with Peace Brigades International and developed a long-term online project focused on documenting post-war processes; Rodrigo Abd, who is an Associated Press staff photographer based in Guatemala; and William Plowman, a photojournalist who focuses on issues of political, economic, social and humanitarian import around the world. 
About the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design 
The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design bridges the university’s academically robust programs in the arts with creative and inspired scholarship. Part of the GW Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the school functions as an incubator for artists and practitioners in arts-related fields and serves to enrich students who are taking classes in other areas of the university. As such, it provides a platform for engagement that bridges creative expression and practical application with the breadth and depth of the larger liberal arts education.