Upcoming Exhibitions

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Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of the United States

January 13 through March 11, 2022

Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of the United States explores the root causes of mass incarceration in the US through art inspired by the interviews of thirty formerly incarcerated women of Louisiana—the state known as the “Prison Capital of the World.” Co-curated in partnership with formerly incarcerated women, Per(Sister) seeks to build awareness of the crucial issues that impact women before, during, and after incarceration. The exhibition shares stories of loss, hope, despair, survival, triumph, and persistence in a variety of forms, demonstrating simultaneously the universal struggles faced by communities impacted by incarceration and the personal resilience of each woman featured.

Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of the United States is a traveling exhibition produced by the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The exhibition was curated under the leadership of former museum director Monica Ramirez-Montagut (current executive director of the MSU Broad Art Museum) with curatorial assistance from Laura Blereau and production assistance from Miriam Taylor. It was developed in equal partnership with per(sisters) Syrita Steib and Dolfinette Martin with additional support provided by Operation Restoration and Women with a Vision in New Orleans.

Mary Petty: A Reader’s Privilege, A Woman’s Place

January 13 – March 11, 2022

American cartoonist Mary Petty (1899-1976) helped define New Yorker cartoons—illustrations of poised, genteel men and women having witty interactions in New York high society. But there is more to Petty’s work than satiric punchlines. A self-taught artist, Petty is best known for illustrating the lives of the wealthy Peabody family and their maid, Fay. While Petty frequently illustrated New York’s Victorian-era elites, she also illustrated working class women with similar wry wit. Petty’s artistic career took off just as the Great Depression reshaped American life, though her cartoons remained crystalized in Victorian decadence. Drawing from the museum’s large collection of her artwork, this exhibition considers Petty’s illustrations of working class and aristocratic women to explore how Petty represented (or omitted) race, gender, and class in a rapidly changing America. Curated by Kelli Fisher G’22