October 16, 2021
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Open to the public
Free of charge
Over the last 12 – 18 months, the world has witnessed the brutal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compounded by systemic racism as it proliferated across the US, threatening to stifle its vibrant and diverse society. Students and youth in the US and globally have been at the forefront of social change devising models of inclusion and care for those deeply impacted by the pandemic and racial and environmental inequities.
Stamps Gallery invited students at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design to design posters and make videos that respond to the prompt: what change would you like to see in your community? Stamps students created meaningful posters and video work that will be featured in Respond/Resist/Rethink 2021: A Student Poster & Video Exhibition.
Why posters & video?
For generations, posters have served as an effective tool to circulate ideas and messages to the public. Visually striking, and designed to draw attention from passersby, posters can be conversation starters, invite people to pause, reflect, spread the word, get involved. They have been a powerful medium for many conceptual artists and graphic designers to create powerful images and messages that could respond to immediate issues and be distributed widely.
Similarly, video art was another exciting immediate medium for conceptual artists in the 1960s and 1970s as the technology became more accessible to the masses. Video art provided an alternative to the dominant broadcasting corporations. Artists made experimental films, recorded performances, and first-person narratives that were then exhibited and screened at galleries, museums, and events. Posters and videos continue to be salient features in the 21st Century to respond to urgent issues and questions facing the present moment.
Respond / Resist / Rethink asks the UM community to come together to envision models for inclusion that are grounded in equality, belonging, and empathy. The work featured in the exhibition were selected through an open call by a committee comprising Stamps faculty, students, and staff including Julianna Lew, David Chung, Najwat Rehman, Albert Che, and Stamps Gallery staff.