Sunday, November 13, 2016 through
Sunday, December 18, 2016


Ruth S Harley University Center Gallery

Mauvaise Foi by Cindy Maguire

Art and Design Education professor Cindy Maguire Sabbatical Exhibition

November 13 – December 18, 2016 with a reception will be held on November 30th from 5-7pm.

Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery
Monday-Friday: 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Mauvaise Foi is an exhibition spotlighting the work of Associate Professor Cindy Maguire which she created while on sabbatical spring of 2016. Works on view will include a variety of mixed media and interactive digital media. This exhibit, which is open to the public, will be held in the Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery from November 13 to December 18, 2016. A reception with light refreshments will be held on November 30, 2016 from 5 to 7pm.

“Mauvaise Foi (bad faith) is a philosophical concept used by existentialist philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to describe the phenomenon where human beings under pressure from social forces adopt false values and disown their innate freedom hence acting inauthentically.

maguire_croppedWe are constantly fielding generalized, persistent, pervasive fears or uncertainties grounded in realities that run from the mundane to the extraordinary. They emerge from the past, exist in the present, and form in anticipation of the future. We experience them at a distance – military conflicts, political elections, global warming. We experience them up close – workplace politics, our relationships, a death in the family. Even in moments of ease or joy we co-exist with this undertow. My work, drawing on imagery from family history and the world around me, is a conversation about these overlapping, colliding multiple worlds and resisting mauvaise foi. Play is critical in this project.”

Cindy Maguire is Acting Associate Dean College of Arts & Sciences and Acting Director of Levermore Global Studies at Adelphi University. She Co-Directs ArtsAction Group, an international community-based collective committed to facilitating arts initiatives with children and youth in conflict-affected environments. Before joining Adelphi, Maguire was a Senior Research Associate at Brown University as well as a faculty member at Pratt Institute, New York University and in the Los Angeles City Schools. Her research interests include STEM to STEAM, social justice, play and choice-based arts education. Working with a range of media, Maguire’s primary focus in her artistic practice is collage, digital printmaking and more recently interactive art. She also designs and produces socially engaged artwork with with children and youth around the world. Maguire received her PhD in Art Education from New York University, MA in Art from California State University Long Beach, and her BAE in Art Education from the University of Kansas.