The press release for the State of Exception exhibit opening is now online here

Photo by Richard Barnes

Photo by Richard Barnes

Below is detailed info for next week’s events associated with the museum exhibition:

“State of Exception”

Location: Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, room #1010

This exhibition presents traces of the human experience–backpacks,
water bottles, border patrol restraints, and other objects left behind
in the desert by undocumented migrants on their journey into the U.S.
This in combination with video shot by Richard Barnes on location
along the U.S./Mexico border comprises State of Exception, the first
major curation of the work of U-M anthropologist Jason De León’s
Undocumented Migration project. This collaboration between
artist/photographer Richard Barnes, De León, and curator Amanda
Krugliak considers the complexity and ambiguity of the found objects
and what they may or may not reveal in terms of transition, human
experience, culture, violence, and accountability.

Two days of events are planned around the exhibit opening which will
bring together students, scholars in the field, artists, and the local


Wednesday, January 23rd

5pm Student Workshop. Round-table presentations featuring Jason De
León, Kathryn Ferguson (Tucson Samaritans), Robin
Rieneke (University of Arizona, Pima County Office of the Medical
Examiner) and students who have
participated in the Undocumented Migration Project and Field School.
To be held in Space 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State St.


Thursday, January 24th

12pm “Diaspora, Class Inequalities, and Community Collaboration:Making
Relevant in the Modern World”. Brown bag lecture by Stephen Brighton
(University of Maryland)
in Museum of Anthropology (2009 Ruthven)

4pm Panel discussion

4pm Panel discussion with Stephen Brighton, Kathryn Ferguson, Robin
Rieneke, and Jason De León. 4:00-5:30pm, Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Room 1010.


5:30pm Opening Reception

5:30pm Opening reception of State of Exception exhibit with short
remarks from students from the field school and Q & A. Institute
for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Room 1010.