03 – 08 June 2011
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery
Opening cocktails, June 3, 2011 4PM
CANVAS’s Looking for Juan program, which explores art as a vehicle to discuss social concerns, seeks out Rizal on the hero’s 150th birth anniversary. Where is Rizal in our time? How do we feel his presence? Artists of different generations remember him as a man of many sympathies and therefore open to be claimed by many causes. He is hero, surely, but he is also native of his season, citizen of his country, icon to a multitude, revered name to a nation. That we have taken liberties in making Rizal our own is testament that he has come to belong to us quite intimately, and we recall him out of habit, or with fondness, in a gesture of holding him – and ourselves – to the promise of heroism.