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.

Current Exhibit

Chicana Fotos
An exhibit of Chicana photography documenting the 1970s
October 6 - December 13, 2017
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Friday, October 6; 4-6 p.m.

“Chicana Fotos” features photographs by accomplished filmmaker and writer, Nancy De Los Santos, who has dedicated her life and career to rewriting and redefining images of Latina/os in mainstream media. With large colorful imagery, De Los Santos offers a striking depiction of the struggles for social justice during the 1970s. Featured in the exhibit are rare images of the United Farm Workers of America organizing activities in Chicago, protests against police brutality and for farm worker rights in Texas, and the first global conference on women, the International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City.

Before coming to Lane Hall, the exhibit debuted at Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library as a collaboration among El Museo del Norte, Chicana por mi Raza Digital Archive, and the Stamps School of Art and Design. 

Born and raised in Chicago by Mexican-American parents, Nancy De Los Santos is an accomplished filmmaker and proud “Chicana from Chicago” who has dedicated her life and career to rewriting and redefining the image of Latina/os in the mainstream media. Among her most celebrated works are as Co-Writer and Co-Producer of The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latin Image in Hollywood Cinema, with Susan Racho and Alberto Dominguez, and as Associate Producer on the feature film Selena.

The exhibit was exhibit curated by Maria Cotera (Associate Professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies; IRWG Executive Committee) with assistance from graduate student Pau Nava, and designed by Professors Hannah Smotrich, Katie Rubin, and their students at the Stamps School of Art & Design.

Photo Credit: Nancy De Los Santos


Recent Exhibits

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