November 6, 2012

Exhibit Opening November 16, 6-8pm


I am pleased to announce an opening reception for two new exhibitions at the U-M Museum of Natural History on Friday, November 16 from 6-8 p.m.  These exhibitions explore issues of race in our community and provide a local counterpoint to a nationally traveling exhibit on race coming to the Museum in early 2013.

Congratulations to Abigail Celis, 2012 Arts of Citizenship Graduate Student Intern, for her role in facilitating this important project!

Understanding Race Project:

New Exhibits Look at Race In Our Community

Public reception Friday, November 16, 6-8 pm

The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History has developed two new exhibits to explore issues of race in our community, and to provide a local counterpoint to a nationally traveling exhibit on race coming to the Museum in early 2013.

Twenty-two large-format portraits by photographer Mohammed Langston comprise Glimpse: People of our Community. The photos and the subjects’ statements about race highlight the diversity of Washtenaw County and pique our curiosity about others, inviting viewers to move beyond “glimpses” of others and into real relationships with folks who are outside of our usual social circles.

Race in this Place: A Community Conversation explores some of the ways race affects life in Washtenaw County. The exhibit identifies issues of race in four areas: health, education, the legal system, and immigration, and presents some of the people and organizations working to make this a better place for all. The exhibit also features a video by Ann Arbor documentary filmmaker Laurie White (Refusing to be Enemies – the Zeitouna Story) and videographer Rafe Scobey-Thal, photography on the theme of race by area youth who participated in PhotoVoice workshops, as well as artwork by youth participating in the Neutral Zone’s SEED program (Students Empowering Each other about Diversity). The African-American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County is also featured in the display.

Glimpse and Race in this Place were developed as part of the Understanding Race Project, an audience engagement effort launched by the Museum in anticipation of the traveling exhibit RACE: Are we so different?, on view at the Museum from February 8 through May 27, 2013.

Click here to RSVP for the November 16 opening reception. For more information about the Understanding Race Project, visit the project website.

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