Relationships and Representation: Perspectives on Social Justice Work

September 11, 2015 - January 4, 2016
Teaching Gallery

Relationships and Representation: Perspectives on Social Justice Work brings together a selection of artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection by Christian Jankowski, Rashid Johnson, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others, to examine questions central to both social justice work and art practice: Who is speaking, and for whom? What conditions—social and political, personal and communal—inform these representations? The task of representing individuals, communities, and social welfare issues has significant implications for anyone engaged in social justice work, but what roles do interpersonal relationships and advocacy play in art?

This Teaching Gallery exhibition is curated by Vanessa D. Fabbre, assistant professor, and Anna A. Shabsin, senior lecturer, both in Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work, in conjunction with the core course “Social Justice and Human Diversity,” offered at the Brown School in fall 2015.

Image credit 

Sharon Lockhart, Outside AB Tool Crib: Matt, Mike, Carey, Steven, John, Mel and Karl, 2008. C-print, 6/6, 48 x 67 1/2". Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase, Bixby Fund, and with funds from Helen Kornblum, 2009.