Stamps Gallery is part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. We are an incubator and lab for contemporary artists and designers to explore ideas and projects that catalyze positive social change. Building on the school’s strong tradition of excellence, thought leadership and community engagement, our goal is to develop innovative and scholarly exhibitions, publications and public programs that foster inclusive platforms for inquiry into the urgent questions and concerns of our time.
As the pandemic has gripped our nation, it laid bare the deep roots of racial health disparities and violence that continues to disenfranchise and dehumanize communities of color and LGBTQ+ people. The staff at Stamps Gallery, drew inspiration from the courageous act of one high school student, Darnella Frazier, that changed the world. We applaud Frazier’s fearlessness as she not only recorded the painful murder of George Floyd in the hands of the police, she shared it on Facebook for the world to witness the injustice. For me, it became clear that Stamps Gallery must offer multiple inclusive opportunities for listening to students’ voices and learning from each other to cultivate an ecology of care through our exhibitions and public programs.
In this spirit, the goal of Gallery’s Fall 2020 Programs is to deepen our research and understanding on the themes of racial and gender equity, justice. My work is guided by the belief that art can create real positive change, and enact alternate ways of being that rupture colonial racist infrastructure (even if it maybe temporary) that inspire new ways of looking, making, and thinking. My goal at Stamps Gallery is to create a vibrant and inclusive space where staff, artists and public audiences come together to envision and enact visions for a more inclusive and just future.
Srimoyee Mitra is a curator and writer whose work focuses on building empathy and mutual respect. Her work is grounded in interdisciplinary research that lies at the intersection of exhibition-making and participation, migration, globalization and decolonial aesthetics. She developed an award-winning curatorial and publications program as the Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor (2011-2016). In 2015, she edited a multi-authored book, Border Cultures, co-published by the Art Gallery of Windsor and Black Dog Publishing. In 2017, she was appointed Director of Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design’s new Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor.