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.

Have an idea for a future exhibit? Read about the exhibit nomination process here (PDF).

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

2019-20 Exhibits

*Photo description & credit: Dubrow's Cafeteria, Brooklyn, NY 1975, photo courtesy of Marcia Bricker HalperinNew York City’s Vanished Cafeterias

photography exhibit by Marcia Bricker Halperin

January 16 - July 31, 2020

Exhibit opening & reception: Thursday, January 16, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Remarks at 4:30 p.m. by Marcia Bricker Halperin, Photographer and Jennifer Friess, UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography

The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Their growth paralleled the rise of the office worker, women’s evolving roles in the work force, immigration, American love of efficiency and novelty, the growth of cities, the impact of Prohibition and the Depression, the labor movement, and American eating habits. Not one cafeteria from that era remains in New York City today. One particular restaurant, Dubrow’s Cafeteria in Brooklyn, was a legendary institution that served as a second home for many of the neighborhood’s elderly residents. Along with another Dubrow’s, a hub of the Garment Center, they provided a restaurant-cum-social club or “third place” for a generation of Jewish New Yorkers. New York City-based photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world.


Cosponsors: Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Department of Women’s Studies, the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and the Department of American Culture

Artist Bio: Marcia Bricker Halperin is a Documentary Photographer who has been photographing the characters and landscapes of NYC since the 1970s. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she received a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Brooklyn College, where she studied painting with Phillip Pearlstein and Jimmy Ernst, sculpture with Lee Bontecou and photography with Walter Rosenblum. In photographing she hopes to relate a human story of a specific time, capture a places’ essence, and freeze details of life.

Photo description & credit: Dubrow's Cafeteria, Brooklyn, NY 1975, photo courtesy of Marcia Bricker Halperin

Past Exhibits

Selections from "Whose Streets? Our Streets!": New York City, 1980-2000
photography exhibition was curated by Tamar W. Carroll, Meg Handler, Mike Kamber and Josh Meltzer with support from the Bronx Documentary Center and the Rochester Institute of Technology
September 3 - December 13, 2019

she was here, once
Multimedia exhibit by Nastassja E. Swift
January 9 - August 2, 2019

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

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