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

four images in a square with different pieces of art by Porter and Olson. Clockwise from top left: glass vessel, magnifying glass over top etching, antique wooden ironing board with imprint of slave ship burned into it, and four framed Aquatint etchingsLabors of Love and Loss

Mixed media exhibit by Marianetta Porter & Lisa Olson
January 29 - July 31, 2018
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: Thursday, February 22; 4-6 p.m.

Labors of Love and Loss considers the intertwined lives of caregivers, their dependents and charges. Historically, in both southern African American life and in the tenuous strivings of the 19th century working underclass, the primary care and comfort of others fell to women. Beyond impersonal household chores, these responsibilities entwined with sweetness and hope, heartache and loss, assured the wellbeing of those around them. How did they balance the tangle of necessity and demand against their own emotional involvements and aspirations? Labors of Love and Loss is a tribute to the resolve, commitment and fortitude of women’s love and labor.

Marianetta Porter is Professor of Art and Design at Stamps School of Art and Design. Her work is grounded in the study of African American history, culture, and representation, drawing on ethnography, religious traditions, folklore, visual culture, and language to investigate the consequences of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, the vernacular art of the black church, the politics of visibility, and the poetics of color.

Lisa Olson is a mixed media artist and alumna of the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. Her work takes a variety of forms---books, prints, collage, drawing and sculptural objects. Olson often uses text in combination with visual components to create meaning.  Her interests include studies surrounding the fragility of the individual within historically harsh or oppressive class related social structures and the resulting tools and systems created as strategies to navigate through.  

Exhibit sponsors: Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Department of Women’s Studies, Stamps School of Art & Design, Residential College, Department of American Culture, Institute for the Humanities, and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies

Photos of artworks courtesy Marinetta Porter and Lisa Olson


Recent Exhibits

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