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Taking a Stand

Meryl McMaster, <em>Cartography of the Unseen (detail)</em>, 2019
Meryl McMas­ter, Car­tog­ra­phy of the Unseen (detail), 2019

January 17 – February 29, 2020


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

With micha cár­de­nas, Oliver Husain, Eliz­a­beth LaPen­sée, Meryl McMas­ter, and Syrus Mar­cus Ware. Curated by Sri­moyee Mitra.

Tak­ing a Stand is a group exhi­bi­tion that brings together lively and ener­getic work that high­lights the ways in which artists build sol­i­dar­ity and shape con­tem­po­rary cul­ture as active par­tic­i­pants in our soci­ety. The works in the exhi­bi­tion encom­pass pho­tog­ra­phy, inter­ac­tive draw­ings, aug­mented real­ity, and 3‑D film instal­la­tion. The col­lec­tivist impulse of the projects recast the gallery as a cat­a­lyst, a site of action and pos­si­bil­ity for urgent and mean­ing­ful dia­logue on cul­ture and pol­i­tics. The immer­sive and inter­ac­tive instal­la­tions don’t just rep­re­sent social con­cerns from our cos­mopoli­tan present, they delve into play­ful and poetic exchanges with pub­lic audi­ences on empa­thy and decolo­nial­ity to imag­ine just and equi­table futures. Draw­ing on the themes of sci­ence fic­tion, artists in the exhi­bi­tion invite audi­ences to time travel, blur­ring fact with fic­tion, weav­ing fan­tas­ti­cal nar­ra­tives and desires with ances­tral knowl­edge, col­lec­tive mem­o­ries, and sto­ries from their nat­ural and urban envi­ron­ments. They acknowl­edge the vital­ity of recu­per­at­ing Indige­nous, migrant, and LGBTQI sub­jec­tiv­i­ties and prac­tices to bet­ter under­stand how to heal our dam­aged planet. Even though these instal­la­tions are tem­po­rary and ephemeral, they fos­ter vibrant lim­i­nal spaces for the pub­lic to explore what could be done dur­ing this time of ever-present eco­log­i­cal and polit­i­cal change. 

This pro­gram is sup­ported by The Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Visual Arts.

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts logo: black and white portrait and signature of Andy Warhol


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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