1136 Lane Hall
204 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734–764–9537
Fax: 734–764–9533


Lane Hall Gallery

The Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Women’s Studies Department present a regular schedule of art exhibitions in Lane Hall’s newly renovated lobby, an intimate space, conducive to seeing, reflection, and study. Exhibitions feature works in a variety of media, by artists from near and far who are united in their exploration of topical issues and themes that hold meaning for the study of women and gender. The Lane Hall Gallery is free and open to the public during university business hours. Watch our calendars for announcements of upcoming exhibitions and opening receptions.

Fall, 2014

The Salamander Project
The Olimpias Disability Culture Collective
Through December 5, 2014

Opening Reception: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

The Salamander ProjectSwimmers Sunny Taylor and Petra Kuppers, performance action in Berkeley, California, 2013.

Salamander is a community performance project, created by The Olimpias artist collective, a group of disability culture activists and their allies. We use underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing and video to find our disabled beauty emerging from the deep, the wild aesthetic of water, deforming ourselves through sleek unhinged control.

We surf in the heritage and presence of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, Luce Irigaray, Hélène Cixous, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Ana Mendieta, Anne Waldman, Anne McDonald, Margaret Noodin, Alison Kafer and other feminist poet/artist/thinkers who value elemental change and power in the border zones.

Since May 2013, disabled people and their allies from around the world have climbed into pools and oceans with Olimpias collaborators. We float together, enjoy freedom and adventure, help each other, engage in communal self-care, give ourselves to the pressures water exerts on us. We dance at the bottom of our breaths, in precarious zones between life and death.

What is disability culture?
What are the edges of strength and vulnerability, semi-naked, in the pool?
What does water mean to you?
What does freedom mean to you?
Where are your boundaries, and what can happen in the edge zones?
What would your images of wildness look like?

Learn more on the Olimpias website.

The Olimpias Disability Culture Collective
Artistic Director: Petra Kuppers
Collective Collaborators include Neil Marcus, Denise Leto, Mark Romoser, Beth Currans, Nancy Higgins, Lisa Steichmann, Jasmine Poler-Pawlicki, Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Katherine Mancuso, Bree Hadley, Margit Galanter, Chia-Yi Seetoo, Sandie Yi, Christian Nagler and others
Installation Collaborators: Beth Currans and Caiden Droscha