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MSU exhibit uses art to explore racial equality

G.L. Kohuth
MSU professor James Lawton created "Evolutionary Artifacts," a multimedia exhibition that focuses on human equality and social justice.

Michigan State University will unveil a new exhibit on Monday that uses art and sound to explore Martin Luther King Junior’s dream of racial equality.

MSU art professor James Lawton created the installation, "Evolutionary Artifacts." People from Michigan and around the world upload family photos (via http://www.lucyandyou.com/) and record themselves saying their family names. The audio track plays the entire time, and the photos are projected along the walls and on the ceiling so that the images surround the visitor. 

"How many times do we get to get involved with the intimacy of all the different families and ethnic groups that are being portrayed and projected on images against the wall? That’s an effort to bring about this equality in terms of the human race.”

The exhibit will be on display in the MSU Museum's Heritage Gallery. It opens Monday on the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday and runs through April 3.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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