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Overlooked / Looked Over

By VVAW

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Photos By Barry Romo


On March 10, 2012, the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago opened an exhibit featuring art by eight women veterans called Overlooked / Looked Over. This exhibit shines a light on the unique experiences of women during service, in war, and as veterans.

Mae West, the late American actress and sex symbol, once said, "I'd rather be looked over than overlooked." With Overlooked / Looked Over, curator Erica Slone responds to this false dichotomy of attitudes about women and the way these polar attitudes toward women are exacerbated within our armed forces.

The show's opening reception was timed to coincide with the centenary anniversary of International Women's Day. Annually on March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. All around the world, women are connected by activities ranging from business conferences and networking events to local women's craft markets and theatric performances. Hundreds of guests enjoyed the opening, with artist and curator talks and a musical performance.

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Iraq vet Robyn Murray



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