In the summer of 2020, millions of people attended Black Lives Matter protests, making them one of the largest social justice movements in U.S. history. While these protests encouraged anti-racist actions, they also stirred up traumatic images and experiences among Black communities. As a response to centuries-old racialized injustices, Un-Representation seeks to provide a space of healing for Black communities. The three featured works by Black artists embody the possibilities of Black American creative freedom and spirit. Through abstract artworks, this exhibition will serve as a source of meditative restoration, offering abstraction as both originating from and producing Black joy. Created with Black visitors in mind, the exhibition welcomes all to engage with the meditative powers of these artworks.

Several pre-recorded guided meditations created by Skidmore alumna Tobi Ewing ‘15 will accompany the exhibition, and there will be a series of meditation workshops for Black Skidmore students, faculty, and staff throughout the fall.

Un-Representation is the capstone project for Maria Staack ’22, the 2020–21 Meg Reitman Jacobs ‘63 Endowed Intern. The Internship is a yearlong pre-professional opportunity for a Skidmore junior or senior in the Tang Museum’s Education Department.

Exhibition Name
Exhibition Type
Student Curated
Group Exhibitions
Winter Gallery
Aug 28, 2021 - Nov 21, 2021
Un-Representation is curated by Maria Staack ’22, the 2020–21 Meg Reitman Jacobs ‘63 Endowed Intern.
Sanford Biggers, Lisa Corinne Davis, Jack Whitten
Student Staff
A young darker skinned woman smiles at the camera with a building and trees in the background.
Maria Staack
Public Programming Intern, Student Advisory Council, past: 2020-21 Meg Reitman Jacobs Endowed Intern, Digital Media Assistant, Tang Guide, Summer Volunteer

Guided Meditations

The following pre-recorded guided meditations were created specifically for the exhibition by Skidmore alumna Tobi Ewing ’15.

Un-Representation Soundscape

Sanford Biggers, Transolitude, 2008

Lisa Corinne Davis, Quizzical Quantum, 2021

Jack Whitten, Study for Lapsang and Chinese Sincerity #6, 1975

Upcoming related events
Past related events
Pattern by Madeleine Welsch ’17
Inspired by the exhibition Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
The Tang Pattern Project celebrates the Museum’s 20th anniversary. Organized by Head of Design Jean Tschanz-Egger, past and current Tang Design Interns created patterns inspired by the Museum’s exhibition and event history.