Sheryl Oring: I Wish to Say
September 29, 2020 – November 1, 2020
Sheryl Oring returns to University of Michigan for a month-long performance of “I Wish to Say” from September 29 - November 1, 2020 as part of the university’s Democracy & Debate Theme Semester in collaboration with Stamps Gallery. In this project, Oring invites the communities from University of Michigan and Wayne State universities to dictate a message to the next president, typing the notes on vintage typewriters. These interactions will be staged as virtual performances via Zoom every Tuesday from 4.30 pm-6.30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm-3 pm during the project’s run. Oring was last on the Ann Arbor campus in 2017 as part of the Stamps Gallery exhibition Vital Signs for a New America, curated by Srimoyee Mitra. Oring will collaborate with students on the project, training them on how to take dictation on mid-century manual typewriters to execute the project via Zoom. The typed postcards will be mailed directly to the White House on the participant’s behalf after the inauguration.
Additionally, selected messages will be set in Voters’ Broadcast, a new musical work conceived and composed by Lisa Bielawa, which will bring together choirs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The 15-minute musical work will be released in three parts over the course of the fall semester as part of the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester programming.
“This is an opportunity for our communities to speak out as we face a critical presidential election. I want to give people in Michigan a chance to record their views at this extraordinary point in history when the state has faced such tremendous challenges stemming from the pandemic while also grappling with the impact of systemic racism.” Sheryl Oring
To share your message for the next president, sign up here!
- I Wish to Say: Share Your Message With the Next President / Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
- I Wish to Say: Share Your Message With the Next President / Sunday, October 4, 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm / Sunday, October 11, 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm / Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm / Sunday, October 25, 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm / Sunday, November 1, 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- I Wish to Say: Voters Broadcast / Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm / Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Fall 2020 Hours and Policies
Beginning September 15, 2020, Stamps Gallery will be open to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-7 pm.
All visitors must have a valid M-Card to enter Stamps Gallery. We are unable to welcome the general public to this space at this time.
201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104 (between Liberty St. and Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor)