Lane Hall Gallery

color photo of a visitor looking at a framed photograph on the wall

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women’s Studies Department present a regular schedule of art exhibitions in Lane Hall’s lobby, an intimate space, conducive to seeing, reflection, and study.

Exhibitions feature works in a variety of media, by artists from near and far who are united in their exploration of topical issues and themes that hold meaning for the study of women and gender.

The Lane Hall Gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

2018-19 Exhibits

black and white photograph of a Mayan woman in a dress, holding a handful of flowers. There are mountains, clouds, and water behind her. Tall grass is in the foreground. She looks straight ahead.

Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams
Photography exhibit by Fran Antmann
September 4 - December 7, 2018

Opening reception Friday, September 28; 3-5 p.m. 

Fran Antmann’s photographs, taken in Guatemala over a period from 2006 to 2017, evoke the life and culture of the indigenous communities that live along the shores of Lake Atitlán. The photographs speak to the close relationship of these communities with the natural and spiritual worlds. They record the daily lives of the Maya but also evoke their underlying world of mystical and religious experience -- the rituals that give continuity and permanence in a world of disposable culture. The work focuses on indigenous healers, many of whom are women believed to have connections with the supernatural.  They use ancient Maya practices and derive their power and knowledge from dreams. These rituals survive despite the genocide of the Maya people perpetrated over several decades until 1996. The resurgence of Maya identity in the renewal of formerly suppressed Maya practices celebrates the endurance of indigenous cultures.

Fran Antmann is a photographer, writer and educator. She teaches photography at Baruch College, CUNY. Her photographic work has focused on the lives and culture of the indigenous people of Guatemala and Peru as well as the Dene people of the Western Canadian Arctic and the Inuit of Baffin Island, Canada. She has received grants from the Ford and J. Paul Getty Foundations, the Puffin Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and five NY State Foundation for the Arts fellowships in Photography and Non-Fiction Literature. For over a decade she worked on Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams with yearly trips to Guatemala.  The book is a fiscally sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, a finalist for the 2017 Lucie Foundation Photo Book Prize and received Honorable Mention from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris Juried Awards 2018. 

Visit her website for more details.

Exhibit cosponsors: IRWG, Women's Studies, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Latina/o Studies Program.

Winter 2019

group photo of 8 Black women wearing white dresses and large, white woolen head masksShe Was Here, Once
Fiber arts and multimedia exhibit by Nastassja E. Swift
January 9 - August 2, 2019

Opening reception Monday, February 25

Nastassja E. Swift is a multi-disciplinary artist who utilizes fiber art methodologies to create work that embodies uncertainty with her version of blackness. Visit her website for more information.

The mobility and displacement of the Black body, from port to holding cell, to ward and out, is a history that is embedded in our communities socially, culturally and geographically. Alluding to feelings of pain, otherness, power and triumph, “She Was Here, Once” features work that illustrates a moment of remembrance and reflection on the women who have roamed these spaces before us. Consisting of wearable fiber sculptures, mixed media installation and film, the exhibition traces the ancestral footsteps of the Black woman in Richmond, Virginia. Nastassja creates an immersive environment shaped from history, story and experience.


Past Exhibits

Labors of Love and Loss
Mixed media exhibit by Marianetta Porter & Lisa Olson
January 29 - July 13, 2018

Chicana Fotos
An exhibit of Chicana photography documenting the 1970s by Nancy de los Santos
October 6 - December 13, 2017

Moving Through the Centuries: The Empowerment of U-M Women Through Physical Activity
historical photography & archive exhibition
January 12 - June 30, 2017

Swallowed Whole: A Visual Journey Through Traumatic Injury and Recovery
Works by Heidi Kumao

photography & video exhibition
September 1 - December 20, 2016

Above Ground - 40 Moments of Transformation
photography exhibition of Young Feminist Activism in China
January 26 - July 1, 2016

Stories of Mothers Lost
The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood
August 10 - December 11, 2015