The Speaker is an interactive installation by artist Zafos Xagoraris that explores student protests from the 1960s to the present in Ann Arbor and across the United States. The Speaker presents archival material from the U-M Bentley Historical Library documenting the Students for a Democratic Society, Free Speech, and New Left movements, while inviting visitors to communicate their own messages of dissent in the present. This installation will be on view live for one day only, in the U-M Museum of Art’s Stenn Gallery and on UMMA’s front plaza on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Zafos Xagoraris is a 2018 Witt Artist in Residence at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and a Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited at documenta 14, Kassel and Athens, Manifesta 7, Rovereto, the 4th Athens Biennial, the 1st Bienal Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale and the 27th Sao Paulo Bienal. Documentation of this installation will be included in the upcoming exhibition Have We Met? Dialogues on Memory and Desire, on view at Stamps Gallery (201 S. Division Street) from September 21–November 18, 2018.
The Speaker: American Protests 1960s and Today is part of UMMA’s VOTE! 2018 initiative. Register to vote at UMMA between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.