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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

CARE. not convenience. installed in HUB Gallery
CARE. not convenience. | photos by Dani Spewak

Jae Won Lee & Kelly Salchow MacArthur | CARE. not convenience. 

August 24 - November 20 | HUB Gallery & Online

Online Reception | Recorded via Zoom 

Plastic. It is convenient and pervasive, lifesaving and the root of suffering. It is so ingrained in our lives it is hard to imagine a world without it. This imagining lies at the heart of the exhibition CARE. not convenience. Created entirely with salvaged plastic, this collaboration between an artist, designer, and an environmental sciences researcher aspired to shed light on society’s dependence and careless overuse, as well as, thoughtless disposal of plastic. The primary material used for work creation was found and collected plastic bags. The extensive exploration of this petroleum-based material has led to methods of fusing sheets of plastic with heat, and making art forms with functional design capabilities (such as wearable art and hanging space dividers) and attention to minimizing waste in processes of production. Text written and selected by Lissy Goralnik. This exhibition was selected by a jury of Penn State faculty, staff, and students. 

On October 22 we hosted a student-led virtual online reception. This reception was in a Zoom webinar format, and the recording is available for viewing.  The artist's guided  us through a 360 tour, Q&A, and reflection of plastic use.

Soojin Choi "Our Story"	
ceramics, 10 x 14 x 6.5 in., 2020
Human Expectations | photos: Cody Goddard

Human Expectations 

Natalia Arbelaez, Micaela Amateau Amato, Soojin Choi, & Malcolm Mobutu Smith 

August 24 – January 31 | HUB-Robeson Center & Online 

Human Expectations is an exhibition of four artists working throughout the U.S. in ceramic, neon, and glass. Each artist approaches the form of the human head as a map or apparition – expressing systems of knowing, disruption, and social difference. Weighty, incisive, and unflinching these works connect deeply to the worlds of emotions, feelings, and embodied knowledge. Working from their interests, stories, and origins these artists consider the limitations and possibilities of human expectations – their ignorance, perceptual limitations, and potentially their magic. On view throughout the exhibition cases in the HUB-Robeson Center. 

Eun-Ha Paek.Poodling 2. 5.5 x 13.5 x 2.25. 2017. ceramic
Human Expectations ii | photos: Dani Spewak

Human Expectations II  | Dolores Furatado, Kris Grey, William J. O’Brien, Eun-Ha Paek, & Lilly Zuckerman  

Through June 20 | HUB-Robeson Center 

Working with touch and play, the artists exhibiting in Human Expectations II search for expression and experience through material. Forms emerge from the artists’ own bodies creating monuments to life and desire. Sharing what living feels like with eyes closed, improvisations and intimate experiences become powerful and suggestive objects. Like a boulder on top of a hill – these works fill the imagination with narrative possibility. Works on view by William J. O’Brien, Dolores Furtado, Kris Grey, Eun-Ha Paek and Lilly Zuckerman.  

Border Exchange installed in Wall Case, HUB-Robeson Center
Border Exchange installed in Wall Case, HUB-Robeson Center |photos by Dani Spewak

Carlos Rosales-Silva | Border Exchange  

August 24 – February 15 | Wall Case

An installation in the HUB-Robeson Center Wall Case, Rosales-Silvas exhibition Border Exchange pairs two of the artist’s paintings with a site-responsive wall painting. Rosales-Silva’s work exists in the space between borders and between classification. A meditation on the ever-expanding histories of Brown peoples in the United States, his abstract works consider the vernacular cultures of the American Southwest, the western art historical canon, and the political and cultural connections and disparities between them. Spoken and written Eurocentric language, as a system of knowledge, has been historically weaponized against Brown communities. Rosales-Silva believes it is important to adapt to, invoke, and reimagine the weapons of colonization, utilizing art-making to reconnect with and create innovative methods of non-western communication untethered from written or spoken language.

Hostile Terrain 94 | Undocumented Migration Project

August 24 - November 20 | Art Alley

A global call to action hosted by the Undocumented Migration Project and HUB-Robeson Galleries, Hostile Terrain 94 is a participatory art exhibition occurring in nearly 150 cities around the globe. Aiming to bear witness to and memorialize the thousands of lives claimed by the U.S./Mexico Border since the 1990s, the exhibition invites collaborators, citizens, and community members alike to write the identifying information known about these migrants and map where their lives were lost. Hostile Terrain 94 raises awareness about the human consequences of policies such as “Prevention Through Deterrence.” The Undocumented Migration Project (UMP) is an arts-education-research collective aiming to humanize the migrant experience between Latin America and the United  States.  UMP  projects are collaborative public endeavors meant to inspire and engage participants to work towards positive social change. 

Explore the educational resources and how to participate below.

 

Informational Video

We have created a video to help explain the toe tag filling process. Please watch the video and reference the frequently asked questions tab for details about filling out toe tags.   

Email us if you have any questions at galleries@psu.edu 

Tag-Filling FAQs and Tag Information

Where does all of this data come from? 

This information comes from the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner and has been made available online by the border humanitarian group, Humane Borders

 

Tag Information: 

 

“ML#” = the Medico-Legal Number, which is the case number assigned to each person/body brought into the medical examiner’s office 

 

“Surface Management” = who owns the land 

 

“Corridor” = title assigned by border patrol to determine geographical “lanes” between U.S. Customs and Border Patrol stations 

 

What is the difference between “Cause of Death” and “OME Determined Cause of Death”  

“OME” is from the medical examiner’s notes and often contains more details and medical jargon. 

 

What does “fully fleshed” mean? 

All of the flesh remains on the body-- it was not decomposed. 

 

What does “skeletal remains” as a cause of death mean? 

The cause of death could not be determined because the body was too decomposed. 

 

Why are so many names and causes of death described as “undetermined”?  

The remains were too decomposed to determine an identity or cause of death. Often, only a few body parts remain. 

Suggested Documentaries

Remezcla Collection: This powerful collection of documentaries draws on many common experiences of undocumented immigrants. The collection can be viewed on their website

 

The Living Undocumented Series:  

Director: Tatyana Kleyn  

The Living Undocumented series includes two short films. Still Living Undocumented: Five Years Later is the sequel to the 2012 documentary Living Undocumented: High School, College and Beyond. The first film captured the realities of undocumented youth in New York City. At the same time, the DACA program was announced and drastically changed the lives of some of the people in the film. Five years later DACA is in jeopardy. Still Living Undocumented follows three individuals from the first film to see how DACA has impacted some of their lives and left others outside of its reach. These documentaries can be found at livingundocumented.com.  

Suggested Readings and Media

Suggested Podcasts 

Border Trilogy by Radiolab 

 

Suggested Spotify Playlist 

The Undocumented Migration Project put together this Spotify playlist.  

 

Suggested Books (for adults) 

The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail by De Léon, Jason. This book is available online through the Penn State Library. 

The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea 

Empathy beyond US borders : the challenges of transnational civic engagement by Gary J. Adler. This book is available through the Penn State Libary. 

Miracles on the border : retablos of Mexican migrants to the United States byJorge Durand & Douglas S. Massey ; with photographs by the authors. This book is available online through the Penn State Libary. 

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú  

Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders with Youth Refugees from Central America Edited by steven mayers and jonathan freedman; foreword by javier zamora  

Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture by Hector Tobar  

The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War by Updated edition: Greg Grandin  

Adiós Muchachos: A Memoir of the Sandinista Revolution by Sergio Ramírez  

Sandino’s Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle by Margaret Randall  

Guatemala: Never again! by Archdiocese of Guatemala. Human Rights Office; Recovery of Historical Memory Project  

Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia or I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu  

Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America by Walter Lafebar  

The Book of Unknown Americans (YA) by Cristina Henríquez  

Irreversible Damage: The Katie Suarez Social Justice Series (YA) by JL Ruiz 

 

Suggested Books (for kids) 

Somos Como Las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds by Jorge Argueta  

Margarito’s Forest/El Bosque de Don Margarito  by Andy Carter  

A Movie in My Pillow/Una Película en Mi Almohada  by Jorge Argueta  

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote  by Duncan Tonatiuh  

Solidarity for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War by Duncan Tonatiuh  

Caminar by Skila Brown  

The Girl from Chimel by Rigoberta Menchú  

Journey of Dreams  by Marge Pellegrino 

 

Banner Image | Micaela Amateau Amato