Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art announces Silent Witnesses exhibition

Nearly 800 innocent people are either killed or maimed each month as a result of more than 100 million mines lying scattered across more than 60 countries throughout the world

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art presents Silent Witnesses, an exhibition opening Oct. 3, 2012. Originally a collaboration between the United Nations and the Center for International Health and Cooperation, Silent Witnesses was organized by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., and photographer Thomas Roma in July 1995 for the United Nations International Meeting on Mine Clearance in Geneva, Switzerland. The exhibition tells a remarkable tale of terrible suffering and pain mixed with incredible determination, accomplishment and hope through the contributions of 25 internationally acclaimed photographers. Through the use of prosthetic legs as subject matter, the artists hope viewers will identify with the ever-increasing humanitarian and diplomatic efforts to stop the landmine epidemic from spreading.

Dr. Cahill is President and Director of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City. He also serves as Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine at New York University and as Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Health at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is Senior Medical Consultant to the United Nations Health Service, as well as to numerous foreign governments, and he has carried out medical research and refugee relief work in Somalia for more than 50 years.

Due to his longtime friendship with OU Regent Max Weitzenhoffer, Dr. Cahill gave his collection of photographs comprising Silent Witnesses to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art in 2012. This exhibition is a joint collaboration between the FJJMA and the OU Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Cahill will give remarks preceding this exhibition’s opening reception at 5:30 pm, October 3 in the lobby of the Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend the complimentary reception

For more information, call 325-3272 or go to www.ou.edu/fjjma

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