Inspiration for the exhibition comes from a quote by noted writer Sergio Troncoso (American, born 1961), this exhibition presents works in the collection that address divisions, ranging from physical barriers to ideological and societal limitations. The art examines various subjects to encourage viewers to consider boundaries and transformations in their own lives and experiences, touching upon topics such as race, religion, gender, migration, age, and culture. Featured artists include Jennifer Bartlett (American, born 1941), John Biggers (American, 1924-2001), Judy Chicago (American, born 1939), Jim Dine (American, born 1945), Sheila Pitt (American, born 1940), and Tanja Softić (American, born former Yugoslavia, 1966).
The quote from Troncoso reads: “I am in between. Trying to write to be understood by those who matter to me, yet also trying to push my mind with ideas beyond the everyday. It is another borderland I inhabit. Not quite here nor there. On good days I feel I am a bridge. On bad days I just feel alone.” (from his 2011 publication Crossing Borders: Personal Essays)
The exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions; with Heather Campbell, Curator of Museum Programs, and Martha Wright, Assistant Curator of Academic and Public Engagement, University Museums. Research was provided by Jacqueline Yu, senior, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, Richmond, Va.