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The Canisius Gallery

The Canisius Gallery serves as a venue for exhibitions of artistic work relating to humanitarian and social justice issues. Using art as a means to illuminate, educate and provoke, The Canisius Gallery seeks to bring the Fordham community closer to the injustices experienced by our fellow global citizens.

Our vision is to create a stimulating environment encouraging of cultural and artistic inquiry through a social justice lens for our students, neighbors, artists, and the humanitarian sector — not only at the Institute but at Fordham University as a whole.

Current Exhibit

Coming Soon in Fall 2019

Past Exhibits

Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito's Sinaloa

The exhibition Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito’s Sinaloa celebrated the cultural affluence amidst Sinaloa’s criminalized state, through the work of Fernando Brito. In stark contrast to the country’s violence, the exhibit showcases Sinaloa’s rich identities, histories, and traditions, capturing the underlying spiritual heritage and resilience amidst the nation’s discredited political institutions.

Fernando Brito is self-defined as “a citizen with a grudge.” The core of his work is predominantly concerned with social protest. Born and raised in Sinaloa, his signature photographs expose the raw violence of living in a state governed by the Cartel de Sinaloa’s savage crimes and the Mexican government.

Read the Fordham News Article on Defiant Spirits: Fernando Brito's Sinaloa

No Safe Harbor

The exhibition No Safe Harbor illuminated the illicit industry of sex trafficking in the United States with photographs by Getty Images photograph Robert Nickelsberg. The exhibit highlighted domestic sex trafficking through a variety of Angles: women and girls trapped in a cycle of exploitation; traffickers who fuel the trade; advocates and law enforcement officials tackling the problem; and survivors who have had the chance to start a new life.

Robert Nickelsberg is a photojournalist specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. He began his photojournalism career in the early 1980s based in El Salvador covering the political-military insurrections in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Read Robert Nickelsberg's Full Bio

Horrors of War: From Goya to Nachtwey

The exhibition Horrors of War: From Goya to Nachtwey highlighted the human condition and connection amidst atrocities of war. Francis de Goya's illustrations of 19th-century conflict in Spain were presented alongside photographs of modern-day warfare by world-renowned photographer James Nachtwey.

Francis de Goya was a Spanish painter whose work during this exhibit was from his Los desastres de la guerra [The Disasters of War] series. The series consists of 82 prints created between 1810 and 1820 showcasing the conflict between Spain and France.

James Nachtwey is a social justice photojournalist whose career began in 1976 when he started work as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, and in 1980, when he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon and more. Read James Nachtwey's Full Bio

Read the Fordham News Article on Horrors of War: From Goya to Nachtwey

The Canisius Gallery is open for viewing Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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