Wing Insight

There’s bad news and good news. First, the bad. Yesterday was the last day to see “Fashion: Workroom to Runway” at The Wing — hope you got to see the fabulous exhibit at least once. The good news is that the end of “Fashion” means we’re really on the horizon of “Under My Skin: Artists Explore Race in the 21st Century”!

Come check out “Under My Skin” beginning May 10 — and keep your eye on the blog, where we may share some sneak-peek installation photos.


Pardon our silence this last month — the art selection panel has been busyyyyyy! After a month of meetings and a great deal of thoughtful conversation, the panel chose 27 artists for the “Under My Skin” exhibition.

The call for art brought in a wide array of talented artists with powerful pieces. We received 87 submissions for the exhibit and over 300 individual pieces of art, a record for The Wing! We were fortunate to have so many people help spread the word, and the resulting list of art for the show could not have happened without the hard work of so many people over the course of the past year. Thank you!

Join Us in May!

With just one more Community Advisory Meeting to go, we’re fast approaching the exhibit opening in May. Mark you calendars for the reception May 9 and the official opening May 10. We would love for you to join us.

In the meantime, here’s the list of the show’s artists to get you even more excited. Keep an eye on the blog for their work and thoughts around the exhibit. If you’d like to contribute your own work and thoughts, please be in touch!

Artists for “Under My Skin: Exploring Race in the 21st Century”:

  • John Armstrong
  • Jenny Asarnow
  • Wanda Benvenutti
  • Jasmine Brown
  • Kathy Budway
  • Minh Carrico
  • Lemuel Charley
  • Ling Chun
  • Mary Coss
  • Carina del Rosario
  • Tatiana Garmendia
  • Erin Genia
  • Ronald Hall
  • Chau Huynh
  • Akiko Jackson
  • Laura Kina
  • Naima Lowe
  • Fumi Matsumoto
  • Kathleen McHugh
  • Darius Morrison
  • Cahn Nguyen
  • Polly Purvis
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Joseph Songco
  • Tim Stensland
  • Stefani Thornton

The word is in: Roll up your sleeves, Art Selection Panel!

As you may know, the art submission window for our upcoming race exhibit closed last Friday on Feb. 1. We feel grateful to have received such a host of wonderful, creative, thoughtful works. During the rest of this month, our capable community-based Art Selection Panel will be reviewing submissions and making the difficult decision of which ones to include in the exhibit.

In Other Exciting News…

The race exhibit now has an official name! At our last Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, the group agreed on “Under My Skin: Exploring Race in the 21st Century.” As usual, the conversation surrounding the name was rich and complex. Tell us what you think in the comments below.

We’re still actively looking for people who would like to contribute to this blog. Share your art, your thoughts, your personal stories and opinions. Check out this page of the blog for more details.

That’s all for now, but as always, thanks for staying tuned!

During a “Race Talk” Potluck earlier this year, Caprice Hollins, of Cultures Connecting, led participants in a poetry writing exercise. The resulting “I Am From” poems speak to the power of the places and histories that shape each of us.

Pongo Teen Writing uses a similar prompt to create “Where I Come From” poems. As Richard Gold, founded of Pongo, says:

“Where I Come From” is often about more than a place, it’s about something deep in us . . . “Where I Come From” is about who we are.

Check out the winning Pongo Poetry Prize “Where I Come From” poem and some of the great poems below that were written at the “Race Talk” Potluck and that we have permission to share. Read More

By Andrea Michelbach

Last month, the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for our race exhibit met for the third time. We had a lot to do — brainstorming, reviewing, strategizing. But before all that, we began, as usual, with dinner.

I’ve only been to two of these meetings so far, but both times, I’ve been amazed that people show up on a Wednesday night.

I also feel proud to be part of a meeting setup that includes dinner. To me, it’s a simple show of hospitality, but one that seems to really relax everyone and start the meeting off right.

Why participate?

Of course, people don’t just attend the CACs for a free dinner. After our September meeting, I asked some of the CAC members for the race exhibit why they were there. Here’s what a couple of them had to say: Read More

By Andrea Michelbach

While attending a recent Happiness Conference, I sat in on a small-group discussion in which people were brainstorming how to reach out with the happiness message.

“But wait,” someone said. “What are we talking about when we talk about community?”

Good question. Community a buzzword of late means many things to many people. Is it your neighborhood? Your religious group or ethnic affiliation? Your city or street? Community bears clarification. Read More

By Mikala Woodward

In May 2013, The Wing will open an art exhibit about race and racism in the 21st century. The show revisits a topic first addressed by the museum in 2004 in a groundbreaking exhibit called “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race in Seattle.”

Why another race exhibit? And why now?

Well, the world has changed since 2004. A new generation is coming of age, with Barack Obama in the White House and the world at their wired fingertips. The Civil Rights Era feels like ancient history to these “millennials,” who live in a world of multiracial families, global mash-up pop music, and online social networks where race is seemingly invisible. With the U.S. “minority” population predicted to exceed its white population by 2030, some believe racial equality is surely just a matter of time.

And yet…

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