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Story, Word, Sound, Sway

Levester Williams, <em>“Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods” (detail, video still),</em> 2018. HD video, color, four audio channels; 17 minutes 33 seconds (full length).
Levester Williams, Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods” (detail, video still), 2018. HD video, color, four audio channels; 17 minutes 33 seconds (full length). 

January 18 – February 26, 2021


Hybrid Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

Story, Word, Sound, Sway is an exhibition of work by eleven Stamps School of Art & Design Alumni using performance, movement, text, sound, and design to interrogate systems of oppression and interrupt the status quo. It explores themes of alternative histories, archives, Black identity, collective memory, storytelling; meshing performance and performativity, and the interplay of the oral and aural in one’s experience of the world. An undercurrent of movement explored in multiple variations thread the works together, realized through a variety of methods including painterly gesture, repetitive mark-making, performance with an audience or without, spoken word, ambient sound, and reimagined instruments. The exhibition aspires to pull at the loosened threads of a social fabric in crisis, revealing larger complex histories and art discourses, nationally and internationally, framed through the experiences and trajectories of Stamps alumni during their time in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication that will include interviews with each of the alumni artists conducted by current Stamps’ student and exhibition co-curator Moteniola Ogundipe.

Artists: Carisa Bledsoe (BFA Interarts 14), Schroeder Cherry (BFA 76), Elshafei Dafalla (MFA 08), Masimba Hwati (MFA 19), Caleb Moss (BFA 13), Senghor Reid (BFA 99), Valencia Robin (MFA 08), Yvette Rock (MFA 99), Wes Taylor (BFA 04), Levester Williams (BFA 13), and Elizabeth Youngblood (BFA 73)

Story, Word, Sound, Sway is co-curated by Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan and Moteniola Ogundipe.


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 will close at 4pm Thursday April 7, 2022 for a private event. The gallery will re-open to the public at 11am Friday April 8, 2022.