Making critical engagements with contemporary art urgent for humanities scholars and publics in southeast Michigan.
The Institute for the Humanities Gallery, housed inside the Institute for the Humanities in the South Thayer Building, is a vibrant, lively site for the exploration of art, contemporary issues, and social justice. With a history of effectively engaging with campus and community, and of prioritizing art that addresses social inequality and injustice, the gallery’s exhibitions and programs serve as starting points for collaboration and critical inquiry.
In 2019, the institute was awarded a $1.14 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for our High Stakes Art initiative, aimed at extending our already robust art program and making critical engagements with contemporary art urgent for humanities scholars and publics in southeast Michigan, particularly around social issues of concern.
The initiative supports extending the reach of exhibitions, a Detroit artist’s residency, and new exhibitions including a public project by an internationally recognized artist, a group summer exhibition, and a series of pop-up exhibitions by local and regional artists.