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Exhibit Space

The Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender host two exhibits per year in the main lobby of Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street. The exhibits, broadly related to issues of women and gender, are available for public viewing Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm.

About the Lane Hall Exhibit Space:

The exhibit space is located in the main lobby of Lane Hall, 204 S. State Street.Exhibits are available for public viewing during regular business hours (or by appointment for class visits). The exhibit budget is small, though some co-sponsorships can be secured. Budget items covered by Women’s and Gender Studies or IRWG normally include installation, installation supplies, and opening reception. Co-sponsorship funds may be raised for framing, shipping and expenses related to an artist’s talk, including honorarium, airfare and lodging and meals. Artist’s talks are given on occasion, but normally the artist says a few words during the opening reception.

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Call for Nominations for the Lane Hall Exhibit Space

Nominate an Exhibit or Artist for the Lane Hall Exhibit Space
Fall Semester 2024 or Winter Semester 2025

The Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender invite nominations for an exhibit to be hosted in the Lane Hall Exhibit Space from August–December 2024 or January–July 2025. Proposed exhibits should be broadly related to issues of women and gender. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 1, 11:59PM ET. Notifications will be sent in the spring.

Nominations for exhibits come from University of Michigan faculty.

Nominations will go to the Graduate Fellow for Exhibits, and a selection will be made by a committee of faculty and staff from WGS and IRWG for final approval by the director of IRWG and the Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies.

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Job Posting: IRWG Graduate Fellow for Exhibits

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) announces a paid position for a UM graduate student (at any level or program) to assist with our Lane Hall exhibits. We are looking for someone interested in curating and setting up feminist/gender/sexuality-related art and media exhibits in Lane Hall’s first-floor rotating exhibit space. Lane Hall typically hosts one exhibition per semester, with flexibility to extend the exhibits into the summer. Sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) and IRWG, the exhibits feature two-dimensional art or visual objects and artifacts around a theme related to gender and/or sexuality. The exhibits may represent the work of one artist or a collective. An additional goal of the Lane Hall Exhibit Space is to offer co-curricular learning opportunities. For a list of previous exhibitions, visit

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Current Exhibit

My Gender States


  • Conceived with text by Rogério M. Pinto
  • Design and construction of original sculptures in collaboration with Sarah Tanner
  • Photographs by Emerson Granillo, David Newton and Nicholas (Niki) Williams

January 23rd - August 13, 2024

Lane Hall Exhibit Space (M-F, 9am - 4pm)

204 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109

About the exhibit:

Rogério M. Pinto (School of Social Work) invites audiences to take part in an exhibition that examines his embodied gender states based on his intersecting childhood traumas and life experiences. In My Gender States, Pinto shares his deep and abiding grief related to the childhood death of his sister and the subsequent gender embodiments that ensued stemming from the belief that he was his deceased sister.

Using autoethnogrophy to explore intersecting and shaping layers of childhood traumas, gender states, and his life experience—a story of the struggles, fears, and accomplishments he experienced as an immigrant to the United States—Pinto created a one-person play (Marília, 2015) and site-specific installation performance (The Realm of the Dead, 2022). In Realm, audiences circulated around 25 assemblage sculptures created from vintage suitcases and trunks that evoked the cemetery where Pinto’s sister was buried and the literal and figurative baggage that he, a queer immigrant, carried with him. My Gender States is a selection of materials, images, and texts from Marília and Realm curated to more closely examine the themes of gender and sexuality in these works. Collected are portrayals of Pinto’s gender states, gender confusion, gender embodiments, gender doubt, and reactions to gender stigma.

Rogério M. Pinto (Brazilian, American, b. 1965, Belo Horizonte, Brazil) is a University Diversity Social Transformation Professor; Berit Ingersoll-Dayton Collegiate Professor of Social Work; and Professor of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, at the University of Michigan. Pinto uses art-based methods to conduct community-engaged research in the United States and Brazil.

The photographs used in My Gender States are by my colleagues Emerson Granillo (American, b. 1987); David Newton (American, b. 1993); and Nicholas Williams (American, b. 1994). The Realm assemblages featured in My Gender States were conceived by Rogério Pinto and designed by him, in collaboration with Sarah Tanner.

My Gender States is on display in the Lane Hall Exhibit Space (first floor, 204 S State St) from January 23, to August 13, 2024. The exhibit is free and open to the public, M-F, 9am-4pm.

University of Michigan instructors can email to request a group tour or schedule a class visit.

This exhibit is presented by U-M’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender with support from the School of Social Work.

Photo above: “Rogério as Mother,” photo by Niki Williams

Exhibit Sponsors: 

  • Department of Women's & Gender Studies
  • Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG)
  • School of Social Work