Skip to Content

Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers

Thursday, October 25, 2012
12:00 AM
Institute for the Humanities, Osterman Common Room, #1022, 202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor

Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers is a campus-wide exhibition held in conjunction with Jordan’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series presentation on November 15th at 5:10pm,  Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty.
Jordan's "Prison Uniforms," on display in the Institute for the Humanities Osterman Common Room, encompasses 10x23 feet in six vertical panels and depicts 2.3 million folded prison uniforms, equal to the number of Americans incarcerated in 2005.

The main exhibition takes place in the Stamps School of Art & Design’s Jean Paul Slusser Gallery (1st floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.), with select pieces at the following sites - Click to view a Google map of all campus locations:

  • Ross School of Business: “Lightbulbs”
  • College of Engineering: “Jet Trails” and “Cell Phones”
  • Institute for the Humanities: “Prison Uniforms”
  • School of Natural Resources and Environment: “Cans Seurat”
  • Palmer Commons: “Toothpicks” and “Shipping Containers”

Join us for an opening reception at Slusser Gallery from 6 - 9 pm on Friday, October 26.

Chris Jordan is an artist and cultural activist whose work explores contemporary mass culture.  In Running the Numbers he looks at contemporary western culture through statistics.  Each large scale image portrays a specific quantity of something: two million plastic bottles (five minutes of bottle consumption in the U.S.), 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of our can consumption), as a way to alter our understanding, and our actions.  For more about Chris Jordan, visit:

With support from the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, Graham Sustainability Institute, College of Engineering, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Institute for Humanities, Palmer Commons, Arts Engine, Program in the Environment, Chelsea River Gallery.