Gallery 51 is honored to partake in this participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally.
Gallery 51 along with 4 other partners will participate in a social distancing art project designed by artist and educator Yumi Janairo Roth. The project involves a kit prepared by the artist which includes directions, stencils, and materials to create markers for social distancing in public spaces. These are not just regular squares or lines though, as Roth repurposed Sol LeWitt’s 1973, Straight Lines in Four Directions and All Their Possible Combinations for a time of social distancing”. It is a reimagination of Sol LeWitt’s instructions and geometric shapes as instructions for standing and waiting as well as creating and maintaining spaces between ourselves. So as you travel around the Berkshires keep an eye out for these Sol LeWitt squares.