Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan


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Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers

October 26, 2012

Exhibition:  October 26 — November 20
Opening Reception:  October 26, 6 - 9 pm

Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers is a campus-wide exhibition held in conjunction with Jordan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on November 15th at 5:10pm,  Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty.

The exhibition takes place in the Stamps School of Art & Design’s Jean Paul Slusser Gallery (1st floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.), with select pieces at the following sites - Click to view a Google map of all campus locations:

  • Ross School of Business: “Lightbulbs”
  • College of Engineering: “Jet Trails” and “Cell Phones”
  • Institute for the Humanities: “Prison Uniforms”
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment: “Cans Seurat”
  • Palmer Commons: “Toothpicks” and “Shipping Containers”

Join us for an opening reception at Slusser Gallery from 6 - 9 pm on Friday, October 26.

About the Artist

Chris Jordan is an artist and cultural activist whose work explores contemporary mass culture.  In Running the Numbers he looks at contemporary western culture through statistics.  Each large scale image portrays a specific quantity of something: two million plastic bottles (five minutes of bottle consumption in the U.S.), 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of our can consumption), as a way to alter our understanding, and our actions.  For more about Chris Jordan, visit:

With support from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Graham Sustainability Institute, College of Engineering, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Institute for Humanities, Palmer Commons, Arts Engine, Program in the Environment, Chelsea River Gallery.


Click thumbnails below to view full images and their campus location. You can use your keyboard’s arrow keys to move through the gallery.

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Jean Paul Slusser Gallery

Open during exhibitions Monday through Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm. Closed Sundays and Holidays. Free Admission, Handicapped Accessible

UM School of Art & Design, 1st Floor
2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
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