Upcoming Exhibitions
Zuckerman Museum of Art Galleries


Transitions: States of Being

September 10 - December 4, 2016

Within Transitions, contemporary artwork will be put into dialogue with a set of early 20th-century ivories from the KSU Permanent Collection. Together they will explore how an object’s meaning shifts as it is moved from one context to the next. The collecting, crossing boundaries, the removal of resources, and extraction of cultural artifacts changes value, accessibility, and understanding. Through our relationship with objects, Transitions will have us to consider the complexities of identity, geography, ownership, and our relationship with the natural world.


Sleight of Hand

September 10 - December 4, 2016

Sleight of Hand will explore the art, ritual, and spectacle of ivories and postcards collected during 19th-century Western colonial expeditions to what is now the Republic of the Congo. The staged scenes in the postcards depict life in the Congo’s communities. They will let us peer into a world that perpetuated ivories into a global commodity and fed into false ideals of an ‘exotic’ Africa for non-African tourists. Through this exhibition, we encourage you to consider how colonialism collides with the artists reclaim power through creative expression.


Gut Feelings

January 28 – May 7, 2017

This exhibition will bring together a group of contemporary artists in whose work food, feeding, and cooking are symbolic representations of exchanged emotion. Organized around main themes of abjection and desire; nourish­ment as power or control; and food as material of the body, Gut Feelings looks to food as a vessel for a wide range of relationships.


Epic: Selections from the SGCI Collection

January 28 – May 7, 2017

Epic: Selections from the SGCI Collection will feature prints from the vast and growing Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) print archive. SGCI is one of the largest and most significant printmaking organizations in America. In 2013, the ZMA became the home of SGCI’s collection of works on paper. The collection includes a wide range of traditional and contem­porary printmaking techniques and work by printmakers whose experience levels range from students to teachers and professionals.

Grouping, carved tusks

Tusks with Make and Female Figures, 1910
Gift of Apolostolos Ziros, Zuckerman Museum of Art
Photograph by Mike Jensen.