UH and the Cynthia Mitchell Center for the Arts
Beneath the Skin: A Living Museum Installation
Sponsored by a Cynthia Mitchell Center for the Arts Innovation Grant
EXHIBIT HOURS: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Winston Churchill once said, "History is written by the victors." In America, our history has been written and re-written to affirm and justify the oppression of people that do not conform to normative standards of race, gender, sexuality, class and religion. In other words, our history positions white colonizers as the victors, making our American history the history of colonizing whiteness.
Curated by Assistant Professor of Performance Studies Matthieu Chapman and the 2017-2018 Cynthia Woods Mitchel Visiting Fellow in Directing Justin Lucreo, Beneath the Skin is an art installation that serves as a "living museum." It attempts to subvert the epidermis of the colonizer by collecting and displaying representations of history as they happen, rather than allowing the victors to archive and display it after the fact to support their narratives of power. The museum is devised and constructed by students in theatre, dance, communications and interdisciplinary arts at the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at UH. It seeks to engage the audience in discussions of cultural narratives, historical archives and power in the moment in which these things are being created.
Elizabeth A. Keel
Mikayla Cassandra Moats
This project is supported in part by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
This exhibit contains sensitive subject matter; however, there is no nudity or spectacular violence.