Hope and Destruction in Milton’s Nesto Gallery
This Friday evening, the Nesto Gallery opens its doors to a new exhibition by Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz.
In this recent collection of work, Locations Unknown II, Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz paints worlds shattered by violence. Beauty and horror intertwine in these pieces, as do disparate places and times. Our collective visual memory of deadly events, as we witnessed them via photos in the news, are the root of her images. Somehow out of the billowing smoke, torn metal and scattered household items emerges a transcendent landscape incredibly infused with hope. The second juxtaposition is the sense of elegance and grace that is torn from scraped plastery surfaces with exposed wire mesh.
The show, which opened with a reception on January 16, runs through February 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Nesto Gallery is located on the lower level of Milton’s Art and Media Center.
Maysoon Zayid Uses Humor for Powerful Advocacy
Maysoon Zayid—a comedian, actress and activist—warmed up her student audience this week with lots of funny stories, and she also conveyed an important message. Ms. Zayid was the 2015 Margaret A. Johnson speaker, a series that brings noted female leaders to campus each year.
Born with cerebral palsy, Ms. Zayid is a powerful advocate for the disabled. She told stories about growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey, where she was accepted for who she was. But as a theater major in college and a struggling actress pursuing a career, Ms. Zayid realized that disabled people were almost nonexistent in the entertainment industry.
“Hollywood has a bad habit of casting able-bodied people to play disabled people,” said Ms. Zayid. “Then these actors win big awards and everyone says how inspirational they are. And on television, people with disabilities are the largest minority in the world.”
Ms. Zayid also spoke about how “Internet trolls” use social media to vilify anyone who is different from them.
“The world is broken, but together we can fix it,” she said. “Including people is important not because we have to, but because it makes for a better world. Don’t let other people define you. Clap for yourself, and other people will join you.”