FEEDBACK: A Campus Conversation on Race

(April 13 – December 6, 2016)

A pop-up exhibit in the west atrium, curated by Vanderbilt Hidden Dores, Feedback: A Campus Conversation on Race features nine photographs from a 2013 Hidden Dores campaign based on the “I am Harvard Campaign” paired with troubling posts from Yik Yak, an anonymous social media platform, collected over the course of Fall 2016. The aim of the exhibit and its accompanying programming is to encourage open dialogue about perceptions of race at Vanderbilt. This is accomplished in part, by coupling photographs which offer an opportunity for the pictured students to speak out and to speak back to those who question their presence on campus with anonymously written comments posted on Yik Yak which candidly reveal popular on-campus interior narratives that prove to be problematic to the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. With a reading-room area setup as well, this goal of this exhibit is to create an environment where raw, paradigm-shifting discussion can take place and visitors can engage deeply with the opinions represented.

The Hidden Dores have also developed a topical pop-up library as a space for further inquiry, reflection, and dialogue. See below for the list of books that are available for visitors to read within the exhibition.
This exhibition is supported by Vice Chancellor George Hill and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of History of Art, and the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
James Baldwin, Another Country
Martha Biondi, The Black Revolution on Campus
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
Stefan M. Bradley, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s
Rosalind S. Chou & Joe R. Feagin, The Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Ronald S. Coddington, African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete
Junot Diaz, Drown
Frederick Douglass, The Autobiography of Frederick Douglass
Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man
Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Mumia Abu Jamal, Live From Death Row
Ibram Kendi, The Black Campus Movement: Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of High Education (1965-1972)
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
James W. Loewen, Lies My Teacher Told Me
Manning Marable, Freedom: A Photographic History of the African American Struggle
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Nell Irvin Painter, Creating Black Americans: African-American History and its Meanings, 1619 to the Present
Leigh Raiford, Imprisoned in the Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle
Dudley Randall, The Black Poets
Claudia Rankine, Citizen
Maurice O. Wallace & Shawn Michelle Smith, Pictures and Progress: Early Photography and the Making of African American Identity
Deborah Willis, Posing Beauty: African American Images from he 1800s to the Present
Richard Wright, Black Boy