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Footnotes (revisions) is a response to the University’s Carolina Hall didactic which illustrates a brief history of the events leading up to the Saunders’ Hall name change. Footnotes offers an addendum to that incomplete narrative, employing a diverse range of materials sourced directly from Wilson Library, and student activist groups, affording the public a more comprehensive account of the Carolina/Hurston/Saunders Hall history. Additionally, this exhibition seeks to recognize and validate the intellectual and emotional labor of several generations of student activists who ultimately succeeded in convincing the University to change the building’s name.
Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at SUNY Buffalo, Elizabeth Otto has published widely on topics relating to gender and media culture in early twentieth-century Europe. She is currently working on a book titled Haunted Bauhaus, which challenges conventional understandings of the Bauhaus, interwar Europe’s most influential art institution. This is the first sustained investigation of the Bauhaus’s ongoing engagement with the body in relation to spiritualism and the occult, gender and figuration, and the Surreal in order to explain the embrace of the irrational which lurks beneath the sleek surfaces and cold structures most commonly associated with the school.