The Locker Room

By Art Department

Monday, April 15, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm

+ 10 dates

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Friday, April 19, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday, April 20, 2024 1pm to 5pm
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024 1pm to 5pm
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 10:30am to 4:30pm

Ryan Studio, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

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2023/2024 Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence jackie sumell and Studio CAJAIR present “The Locker Room.”

Artist jackie sumell works at the intersection of social sculpture, abolition and healing. With the principle of abolition always in mind, sumell inhabits the physical materials and architectures of oppression and transforms these physical structures into lived spaces of radical hope.

For The Locker Room, a work created especially for Colgate University, sumell worked with a team of students who go by Studio CAJAIR (an anagrammatic nod to the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-In-Residence program, which underwrites this work). Together, sumell and Studio CAJAIR spent the academic year considering the relationship between athletics and activism, ultimately recreating the architecture of a locker room to envisage how sports and locker rooms can be horizons of liberation. They ask, “What happens if the locker room becomes public, seeded with the best of its potential? Can we make the lockers themselves altars to the future[s] we wish to see?”

sumell and Studio CAJAIR, along with students they invited from Art & Activism (ARTS 132A), transformed 12 lockers into altars to future worlds. They imagine everything from ecological justice, racial equity, and classless societies to happiness after retirement, as wins.

The Locker Room is presented by the Art Department and the Christian A. Johnson Foundation. The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Artist-in-Residence was established in 1986 as a challenge grant in support of the arts at Colgate. The residency program permits one or more artists to become part of the Colgate community every academic year.

Opening reception and gallery talk with jackie sumell and Studio CAJAIR will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27.

Please note that weekend gallery hours are dependent on the availability of student monitors. If driving a distance, please contact the department at 315-228-7633 during regular working hours to ensure the gallery will be open. 

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