Neither Here Nor There: Borders and Mobility in Contemporary Art

April 10, 2015 - August 2, 2015
Arthur Greenberg Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Exhibition

Today's globalized world holds out the promise of free circulation— of capital, goods, information, and people—yet it has also been accompanied by a tightening of national and political boundaries and growing socioeconomic inequality among individuals in the modern nation-state. Neither Here Nor There: Borders and Mobility in Contemporary Art examines this dichotomy of experience as explored in contemporary art. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition features works by contemporary artists Yto Barrada, Alan Cohen, David Goldblatt, and Allan Sekula, among others, that variously engage themes of travel, identity, and shifting concepts of home in a world of global citizenship. While some artists assume an overtly political stance, employing documentary tactics to produce works that expose a particular problem or condition, others utilize strategies of distancing and dislocation to take a more poetic or oblique look at the economic, social, and political structures that produce conditions of disparity and displacement.

The exhibition is part of the 2014–15 Arthur Greenberg Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, a competitive program that offers upper-level art history majors the opportunity to curate an exhibition in the Kemper Art Museum’s Teaching Gallery. The student curators are Morgan Dowty, Gabriela Esquivel, and Alejandra Zarazua. Faculty advisors are Ila Sheren, assistant professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, and Karen K. Butler, associate curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view from April 10 to August 2, 2015.

Exhibition support

Support for the exhibition is generously provided by the Arthur Greenberg Exhibition Program Fund, the Mark Weil Tribute Fund, David Norman, the Microsoft Matching Gift program, Christie’s Education Fund, individual donors, and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.