Reflections: Visual Constructions of Race

Reflections: Visual Constructions of Race

About the Exhibition


The Miami University Art Museum presents Reflections: Visual Constructions of Race, an exhibition focused on the artistic representations of identity within various cultures. The exhibition explores the differences between personal perceptions of self and the so-called “other,” while also exploring works of art as results of cultural hybridity. Reflections is designed to provoke thought regarding personal identity and how we see others through the lens of race.

By organizing the sub-themes of The Self, “The Other”, and Hybridity, the exhibition frames the artworks with respect to how racial and cultural identities interact with themselves and each other. The exhibition asks its viewers to reflect on their own personal racial and cultural identities and encourages its audience to use that reflection to relate to the pieces included in the exhibition.

Reflections: Visual Constructions of Race is organized by Art and Architecture History students in conjunction with the Senior Art and Architecture History Capstone Seminar. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, February 9 from 5-7 PM, where the Capstone students will present their research, followed by a reception and presentation of the exhibition.

Open Jan 25-Jun 11, 2022
Tue–Fri 10 AM–5 PM | Sat 12–5 PM | 2nd Wed 10 AM-8 PM


Related Programming

WED | FEB 9 | 5-7 PM (In-person)

Art History Capstone Exhibition Reception and Student Gallery Talks

Join Professor Pepper Stetler and students in the Senior Art History Capstone class celebrating the 11th annual Art History Capstone, Reflections: Visual Constructions of Race. Reception at 5 PM. Student gallery talks from 6 PM.

WED | MAR 9 | 5-6 PM (Virtual)

Reflections on 10 years of the Capstone Exhibition

Join Art History Professors, Capstone Students and Alumni and staff of MUAM in this engaging panel discussion about an amazing 10 years of creating exhibitions collaboratively, showcasing collections and providing Capstone participants invaluable experiences learning how to curate an exhibition.

WED | APR 6 | 3 PM (In-person)

Humanities Coffee @ MUAM

Prior to her presentation in the Heritage Room at Shriver Center at 5 PM titled 

Painting and Prejudice: Racism in the Making of American Art History

, Gwendolyn Shaw will be visiting the Art Museum to chat and answer questions. Join the conversation in the gallery with coffee and cookies available before and after in the museum's auditorium.

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw is Class of 1940 Bicentennial Term Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and writing focus on race, class and gender in American art and in African-American art specifically. She is the author of Seeing the Unspeakable: The Art of Kara Walker and Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century. She has curated several major exhibitions including “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and “Kara Walker: Virginia’s Lynch Mob and Other Works,” for the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey. In 2019, she became director of history, research and scholarship and senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.


All Programs are FREE & OPEN TO ALL.