Baggage Claims

  • Jan 27, 2018 – Apr 22, 2018
  • The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery
Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence, Arranging Suitcases, 2012, performance
still. Photo credit: Ross McDermott © Avery McQuaid Nelson Lawrence.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Baggage transports and holds our belongings, and by implication our thoughts. As objects, trunks, suitcases, luggage, and crates suggest the extreme mobility of our global culture. As ideas, in this exhibition, they refer to the humanitarian and political concerns that instigate this mobility and that dominate national and international conversation and policy. The term baggage also carries a psychological meaning: things that encumber one's freedom, progress, or development.

Baggage Claims presents its featured artworks through the lens of global mobility. This mobility is the result of political, economic, and natural and social conditions. It affects broad sectors of the population, through the benign commodification of hospitality (think Airbnb) to the horrific displacement of millions of immigrants and refugees as a result of crises occurring around the globe. Each work in the exhibition suggests multiple readings. On the one hand, each tells the story of individuals: their journeys, suffering and memories, their hopes for possibilities ahead.Simultaneously, they refer to the politics and policies that create and shape those individuals' experiences: ethnic cleansing, contested borders, lack of social services, and environmental cataclysms. The works in the exhibition—some humorous, others eliciting heartbreak—address both personal experiences and global policies, as well as the consequences and catalysts of mobility.

This exhibition is organized by the Orlando Museum of Art and co-curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared.

Its presentation at the Weatherspoon is supported by a Kohler Grant from UNCG's International Programs Center, UNCG's Keker First Year Common Read, and ArtsGreensboro.

View the education gallery guide for Baggage Claims here.

Related Programs:

Director's Preview + Gallery Talk, Public Reception • Jan 26 @ 5:30pm

Film: Human Flow • Feb 1 @ 6:30pm

Lecture: Yesomi Umolu • Feb 7 @ 5pm

Evening Tour: Baggage Claims • Feb 8 @ 6:30pm

Educators Workshop: Identity in a Suitcase • Feb 22 @ 5pm

Panel Discussion: Building Community: Immigrants + Refugees in the Triad • Feb 22 @ 6:30pm

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Mar 13 @ 12pm

Noon-Time Reading: Luggage with Susan Harlan • Apr 6 @ 12pm

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