WATERTOWN, Mass. — The Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA) will feature an exhibition by artist Daniel Varoujan Hejinian, whose work can be found in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the world. Hejinian is known professionally by his first name. His exhibition, “A Journey Through The Years,” will be on display in ALMA’s Contemporary Art Gallery March 28 through May 2. A public reception will take place on Thursday, April 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Varoujan’s series of Armenian Genocide Commemorative Billboards will be among the featured works in this exhibition. Sine 1996, Varoujan has been sponsoring the billboards’ appearance in Watertown. This year’s message “Yes, We Can Recognize the Armenian Genocide,” is now on digital display in Foxboro, about a quarter-mile south of the main entrance to Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place.
“Yes We Can” was the slogan of the 2008 US presidential campaign, which was shared with the rest of the world. It promised that changes were on the way, and for the American Armenians was a message of hope for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the US.
These billboards have “given me the opportunity not only to proclaim the reality of the genocide of the Armenian people as an undeniable historical event that must be recognized, but also to champion the universal ideas of peace, liberty and justice,” said Varoujan. He is president of Peace of Art, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses the universal language of art to bring awareness to the human condition.
For directions and more information about the program, visit www.almainc.org.