On the Margins

February 8, 2008 - April 21, 2008
Kemper Art Museum, College of Art Gallery


War and disaster have shaped the first years of the twenty-first century, both in the United States and throughout the world. On the Margins brings together a culturally diverse group of international artists whose work addresses contemporary social and political conditions through a wide spectrum of styles and media.

The exhibition aims in part at underscoring the contrast between the realities of disaster and how they are presented--what we see and what we don't see--through the lens of today's media. All of the works in the show were created in the last seven years. Collectively they investigate a range of aesthetic strategies that depict the ways in which war and conflict around the world impact--or fail to impact--our everyday life.

The exhibition is curated by Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and will be accompanied by a full-color publication that includes essays by Eleanor Heartney and Paul Krainak. 

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Featured artists

Adel Abidin, Laylah Ali, Paolo Canevari, Enrique Chagoya, Willie Cole, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Willie Doherty, Jane Hammond, Martha Rosler, Do-Ho Suh

Educator resources

The Museum's Education department connects special exhibitions with students of all levels through specialized tours, curriculum plans, hands-on activities, and more. Download the Education Guide for the exhibition for more details.

Exhibition support

Support for On the Margins was provided by the Charles and Bunny Burson Art Fund and individual contributors to the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.