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Exhibition Opening, "Persistent Pasts: The Bicentennial Campus as Archive"

Exhibition Opening, "Persistent Pasts: The Bicentennial Campus as Archive"

Presentation in the Art & Architecture Auditorium will be followed by an opening reception in the college gallery. 

Combining historical research and analysis from the students in Sarah Rovang’s “The Curated Campus” graduate seminar and the design output of Steven Mankouche’s “What If” Options Studio, Persistent Pasts reflects on the University of Michigan’s campus as a repository of memory. As UM celebrates its Bicentennial year, this exhibition asks how past traditions, tensions, and technologies have left material or cultural traces on campus space today. By laying bare rarely examined aspects of the historical university alongside radical designs for an unrealized present, Persistent Pasts asks us to question entrenched conceptions of what UM should and could be, architecturally and institutionally. This exhibition is supported in part by a Bicentennial Activity Grant, co-authored by Claire Zimmerman and Sarah Rovang. 

Student Presenters:

  • Tyler Schaafsma 
  • Vaishnavi Magar
  • Rebecca Lesher & Nour Majzoub
  • Ibiayi Briggs & Jordan Laurila

This exhibition will be on view in the Taubman College Gallery through May 26. The college gallery is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.