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Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire

Have we met horiz

September 21 – November 18, 2018


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

Artists: Rudolf Baranik, Stephanie Dink­ins, Emory Dou­glas, Bren­dan Fer­nan­des, Chi­tra Ganesh, Car­ole Har­ris, Maren Has­singer, Al Lov­ing, Josh MacPhee, Native Art Depart­ment Inter­na­tional, Michele Oka Doner, Yoko Ono, Kamee­lah Janan Rasheed, Martha Rosler, Buster Simp­son, Gre­gory Sholette, Leni Sin­clair, Stephanie Syjuco, Graem Whyte, and Zafos Xagoraris. 

Curated by Sri­moyee Mitra.

Have We Met: Dia­logues on Mem­ory and Desire draws inspi­ra­tion from Ann Arbor’s legacy of social move­ments (Anti-War Move­ment, Civil Rights Move­ments) and exper­i­men­tal art prac­tices (The Once Group) from the late-1950s to the 1970s as its point of depar­ture. It brings together archival mate­ri­als and repro­duc­tions from the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan’s Labadie Col­lec­tion and the Bent­ley Library in con­junc­tion with rad­i­cal art­works by diverse, multi-gen­er­a­tional artists and design­ers whose works are deeply influ­enced by the ideas of free­dom and self-deter­mi­na­tion; re-writ­ing the canon­i­cal accounts of his­tory; and build­ing con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and sol­i­dar­ity through col­lec­tive action. 

At a time when the idea of cit­i­zen­ship in the United States is being deeply chal­lenged and rede­fined through hor­rific occur­rences of gun vio­lence and police bru­tal­ity towards racial­ized and queer civil­ians and refugees, this exhi­bi­tion asks what role art insti­tu­tions can play in build­ing inclu­sive and vibrant cre­ative spaces the 21st Cen­tury. Have We Met? Dia­logues on Mem­ory and Desire retraces and learns from mod­els of col­lec­tiv­ity and orga­niz­ing mobi­lized by artists, design­ers, and cul­tural pro­duc­ers in the past and present as a lens to under­stand the con­tem­po­rary moment and re-imag­ine the future. It explores the com­plex rela­tion­ships and at times over­lap­ping and con­tested con­cerns between con­tem­po­rary art, design, and social jus­tice that con­tin­u­ally influ­ence and inform one another.

Have We Met? Dia­logues on Mem­ory and Desire inau­gu­rates the sec­ond year of pro­grams at the Stamps Gallery. This exhi­bi­tion is the first in a series of exhi­bi­tions that will mine local his­to­ries inside and out­side the Acad­emy and explore the agency of artists, design­ers and the cul­tural insti­tu­tion in the 21st Century. 

Have We Met? Dia­logues on Mem­ory and Desire is a For Free­doms Fed­er­a­tion exhi­bi­tion. For Free­doms exhi­bi­tions engage local per­spec­tives on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Free­doms: affirm­ing the inalien­able human rights of free­dom of speech, free­dom of wor­ship, free­dom from want, and free­dom from fear.


Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Stamps Gallery is closed for installation of "Stephanie Dinkins: On Love & Data" from July 21 - August 26, 2021.

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