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Per(Sister): Developing a Socially Engaged Art Exhibition in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration 

Dr. Monica Ramirez-Montagut (Director, Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm
MSU Museum | Entry Hall

Acclaimed curator and museum leader Dr. Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Director of the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University, will discuss the Newcomb’s exhibition, “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana.”  The exhibition emerges out of the Newcomb’s partnership with formerly incarcerated women, community organizations, stakeholders, and those directly impacted by the prison system, in order to shine a light on complex social and personal issues identified and expressed by the women themselves. Their stories come to life through the pairing of a “persister” and an artist who created a work inspired by her story, other stories take the shape of voice recordings, or handwritten messages, all with the intention of challenging misconceptions and uninformed assumptions.  In her presentation, Dr. Ramirez-Motangut explores the complex exhibition development process and reflects on lessons learned for other institutions seeking to develop socially engaged and ethically responsible exhibition projects.

Respondent comments will be offered by Janie Paul (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor Emerita, School of Art & Design, University of Michigan) who will share insights developed from her work in the Prison Creative Arts Program.

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