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Past Exhibitions

Winter 2017 - Moving Through the Centuries:  The Empowerment of U-M Women Through Physical Activity. Part of the U-M's Bicentennial Celebration, this collection of photographs and memorabilia showcased women’s physical activity at the University. From early and restrictive physical education to D1 athletics, the exhibit explored early participatory nature of women’s movement. Despite inequities faced by women regarding physical activity, women have danced, flexed, fought, and championed for future women athletes at the university and beyond!

Fall 2016 - Swallowed Whole: A Visual Journey Through Trauma and Recovery. The exhibition consisted of large-scale staged photographs and video, all of which drew upon the artist’s experiences with a broken back and cancer treatment in 2011-12. Combining humor and stark imagery, the work playfully embraces the absurdity and isolation that accompanied these medical traumas.

Winter 2016 - Above Ground: 40 Moments of Transformation. Above Ground, is a photography exhibition highlighting the powerful, ground-breaking performance art and actions of China’s Young Feminist Activists (YFA). The exhibit was curated by Lü Ping, a Chinese feminist organizer and visiting scholar at Columbia University, who first organized the exhibit in New York City in fall 2015.

Fall 2015 - Stories of Mothers Lost: The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. This quilt exhibit was made possible by the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) for Safe Motherhood, an NGO whose goal is to reduce rates of maternal and child mortality. The initiative to obtain these stories was made possible by a United Nations Population fund grant to the WRA. Following a global call, there was an overwhelming response of 120 panels from 46 organizations.Stories of Mothers Lost - a collection of internationally sourced, hand crafted panels commemorating mothers lost – allowed families to express grief and also plays a powerful role as a mechanism for advocacy and communication on an issue that transcends country borders.

Winter 2015 - Re-imaging Gender, featured the work of 15 promising artists who rendered the modern spectrum of gender, going beyond the simple male/female binary to include a wide variety of identities and sexualities. The Re-imaging artists, MFA students enrolled at CIC universities, responded to a Call for Art issued by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. The result was an exhibition of 17 works in a variety of media, including photography, paint, lithograph, mixed media, and video, which reflected new understandings of gender.

Fall 2014 - Salamander, photographs and text created by The Olimpias artist collective, a group of disability culture activists and their allies, led by artistic director Petra Kuppers, Professor of English, Theater and Dance, Art and Women’s Studies. The artists use underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing and video to find their disabled beauty emerging from the deep, the wild aesthetic of water.

Winter 2014 - 4000 Years of Choice, an exhibition of posters created by Heather Ault about the age-old practices of abortion and contraception as a means to reclaim reproductive freedom as adeeply personal and life-sustai

ning act existing throughout all of human history.

Fall 2013 - Sustainable Activism and Beloved Communities of Detroit, photographs by Wayne State Photography Professor Marilyn Zimmerwoman.

March-August 2013 - Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States, a multimedia exhibition featuring works by incarcerated women, curated by Rickie Solinger.

January/February 2013 - Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography, curated by Rickie Solinger.

Fall 2012 - Women's Studies 40 Years:  Memorabilia. To recognize the 40th anniversary of the Women's Studies department at Michigan, members of the Women’s Studies community shared feminist memorabilia from 1970 to the present in an exhibit of posters, records, t-shirts, buttons, pamphlets, postcards, and documents.

Winter 2012 - SuperWomen.  Full-color photographs that celebrate the accomplishments, diversity, and beauty of female athletes. 

Fall 2011-  A Women’s Place is in the Struggle:  Gender, Race, and Nation.  Posters from the collections of Paquetta Palmer and Maria Cotera.

Fall 2010 – we will not be silent:  photographs by ellen eisenman

Winter 2010 – Contours:  Yehudit Endlard

Fall 2009 – Guerrilla Girls 

Winter 2009 – In Times of War:  Her Untold Story, from the Arab American History Museum

Fall 2008 – Haiti, Jane Evelyn Atwood

Winter/Spring 2008 – Landscapes, Janie Paul

Spring/Summer/Fall 2007 - Carry On, Rachel Melis

Winter 2007 – Jake in Transition from Female to Male, Clarissa Sligh

Summer/Fall 2006 - Nicole Gordon

Winter/Spring/Summer 2006 – Bollywood Satirized, Annu Mathew

Fall 2005 – Southern Saddlebags and Shotgun Houses, Beverly Buchanan

Winter/Spring/Summer 2005 - Visualizing Women in Science, Mathematics and Engineering, Pamela Davis-Kivelson

Summer/Fall 2004 - MOLAS: Kuna Women's Visions from Kuna Yala, Panamá

Spring 2004 – Red Bibs: Common and Uncommon Occurrences, Margot Mensing

Spring/Summer-Fall 2003 - Cuadros from Pamplona Alta, Peru

Nov./Dec. 2003 –Women and War, Jenny Matthews

Winter 2003 – Sentenced, Carol Jacobsen

Fall 2002 - Village Works, China photovoice

Winter 2002 – Matuschka 

Fall 2001 - Flint Photovoice 

Fall 2000-Winter 2001 - Women at the University