November 2–December 23, 2016
In honor of the 100-year anniversary of Jacob Lawrence’s birth, we are pleased
to announce the opening of Utopia Neighborhood Club, a series of highly-participatory exhibitions and programs meant to generate ideas about our potential new space and future mission. As a young teen, Jacob Lawrence took some of his first art classes at Utopia Neighborhood Club, an organization that provided social services to the underserved in Harlem during the early part of the 20th-century. Breaking that name down, “club” hopes to explore the role of the Gallery in relation to its most immediate audience—students, faculty, and staff of the School of Art + Art History + Design; “neighborhood” will interrogate the Gallery’s place in community and regional contexts; and “utopia” will attempt to project the Gallery and its programming into the future to envision a more universal or ideal place of exchange. The series is a unique opportunity for many voices to freely imagine what a university gallery should be, unencumbered by traditional concerns about what it cannot possibly be.
Curated by: Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016), and Gallery Director Scott Lawrimore.
With art by School faculty: David Brody, Rebecca Cummins, Ann Gale, Ellen Garvens, Philip Govedare, Tad Hirsch, Denzil Hurley, Aaron Flint Jamison, Doug Jeck, Curt Labitzke, Jacob Lawrence, Zhi Lin, Amie McNeel, Helen O’Toole, Michael Swaine, Timea Tihanyi, Jamie Walker, and Mark Zirpel.
Alongside ideas by: Cesar Cornejo, Andrea Fraser, Theaster Gates, Stefano Harney, Fredric Jameson, Allan Kaprow, Mary Kelly, Sir Thomas More, Fred Moten, Michelangelo Pistolleto, William Pope.L, Yvonne Rainer, Martha Rosler, and others.
An ongoing body of the research generated from this series will be presented in the Gallery's Research Room over the next four months and published in various forms over the academic year. In addition, thanks to the generous donation of rare books by Seattle art doyenne Robin Held, the Gallery is also pleased to announce the launching of its Research Library that will be open to students, faculty, staff, and the public by appointment.