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Who Is a Citizen

Sept. 26, 2020 – Apr. 10, 2021

The Art Lab

Maggie Lupton and Vanessa Thompson, <i>Civil Trinity</i> (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artists.

Maggie Lupton and Vanessa Thompson, Civil Trinity (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artists.

Maggie Lupton and Vanessa Thompson, <i>Civil Trinity</i> (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artists.

Tashal Brown and Vivek Vellanki, No, Where Are You Really From? (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artists.

Maggie Lupton and Vanessa Thompson, <i>Civil Trinity</i> (video still), 2020. Courtesy the artists.

Gabrielle Paulina-Hamill, NoPlaceForMySpace (video still), 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Engage with Who is a Citizen? online! Read curatorial text from this exhibition, view the artwork created by MSU student artists, and share your response to their work through a virtual exhibition companion here

Who Is a Citizen? presents new prose, poetry, and moving-image works made by MSU students in response to the videos in John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations. The student artists explore hybrid media genres to advocate for racial equity and a more just society. Also on view are relevant artworks from the MSU Broad collection selected by the student artists to dialogue with their own works.

The exhibition offers responses to the evolving notion of citizenship, and expresses varied experiences of civic belonging in critical, personal, and politically resonant ways. The artists tell often-unheard stories and make visible structural barriers and injustices. We invite you to observe the current situation of citizenship in our MSU community and join us in imagining new forms of action.

Artists: Tashal Brown, Maggie Lupton, Gabrielle Paulina-Hamill, Hannah Ramirez, Vanessa Thompson, Vivek Vellanki, Kelsey Walker, Hakeem Weatherspoon

Who Is a Citizen? is organized by Katie Greulich, Academic Collaborations + Engagement Coordinator, and Georgia Erger, Assistant Curator, in collaboration with MSU faculty partners Divya Victor, Yomaira Figueroa, and Joshua Yumibe. It is made possible by an MSU College of Arts and Letters Engaged Pedagogy Grant, awarded to the Departments of English, Film Studies, Creative Writing, and the MSU Broad. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Alan and Rebecca Ross endowed exhibitions fund.