Art + Society

Our small gallery space will be dedicated to multi-media work focused on race and ethnicity.

At Work in the ArchiveShawn Michelle Smith, from the series "In the Crowd"Shawn Michelle Smith, from the series "In the Crowd"
March 11 - May 23, 2014

Shawn Michelle Smith studies photographic archives of race, calling attention to their blind spots and absences as well as their spectacles. Working with historical photographs from the nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, she manipulates and transforms them in order to explore how we see and understand race in the United States.

Shawn Michelle Smith is a Visual Artist & Scholar, and Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Co-sponsored by The Humanities Initiative, Office of the Dean of Faculty, and the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA). 

September 25, 2013 - February 25, 2014

From the criminalization of migrants through deportation to the undocumented and queer intersectionality, this collection of posters explores different aspects of the immigrant experience. All of the artists in this collection  are part of CultureStrike, a national network of professional and emerging artists, social change experts, and creative producers who are advancing progressive change in immigration through cultural organizing. The organization's mission is to work towards a society that recognizes and embraces migration and migrant experiences.