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Past Exhibitions

Since 2000, Lane Hall has displayed nearly 40 art exhibits, which are detailed below.

New York City's Vanished Cafeterias

Photography exhibit by Marcia Bricker Halperin

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The streets of New York City were filled with hundreds of cafeterias, self-service eating establishments, during the early to mid-20th Century. Their growth paralleled the rise of the office worker, women’s evolving roles in the work force, immigration, American love of efficiency and novelty, the growth of cities, the impact of Prohibition and the Depression, the labor movement, and American eating habits. Not one cafeteria from that era remains in New York City today. One particular restaurant, Dubrow’s Cafeteria in Brooklyn, was a legendary institution that served as a second home for many of the neighborhood’s elderly residents. Along with another Dubrow’s, a hub of the Garment Center, they provided a restaurant-cum-social club or “third place” for a generation of Jewish New Yorkers. New York City-based photographer Marcia Bricker Halperin documented Dubrow’s and other cafeterias in their waning days, drawn to the memorable faces and the liveliness and sorrow of urban life in that vanished world.Marcia Bricker Halperin is a Documentary Photographer who has been photographing the characters and landscapes of NYC since the 1970s. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she received a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Brooklyn College, where she studied painting with Phillip Pearlstein and Jimmy Ernst, sculpture with Lee Bontecou and photography with Walter Rosenblum. In photographing she hopes to relate a human story of a specific time, capture a places’ essence, and freeze details of life. |

Whose Streets? Our Streets! New York City, 1980-2000

New York’s streets were turbulent and often violent in the 1980s and 1990s, as residents responded to social changes in their city as well national and international developments. The culture wars wracking the nation had particular resonance in New York. The City was ground zero for the AIDS epidemic and a center of avant-garde art as well as queer and feminist activism. It was also home to the Vatican’s spokesman in the U.S. and a significant culturally conservation Roman Catholic population.

Featuring photographs by Nina Berman, Donna Binder, Donna Decesare, Ricky Flores, Frank Fournier, Lori Grinker, Meg Handler, Lisa Kahane, Gabe Kirchheimer, Carolina Kroon, Meryl Levin, TL Litt, Dona Ann McAdams, Thomas McGovern, Tomas Muscionico, Brian Palmer, Clayton Patterson, Sandra-Lee Phipps, Sylvia Plachy, Alon Reininger, Richard Renaldi, Joseph Rodriguez, Linda Rosier, Q. Sakamaki, Richard Sandler, Catherine Smith, and Les Stone.

This exhibition was curated by Tamar W. Carroll, Meg Handler, Mike Kamber and Josh Meltzer with support from the Bronx Documentary Center and the Rochester Institute of Technology. More information is available at the project website,

Maya Healers

A collection of photographs take by Fran Antmann from 2006 to 2017, Maya Healers documents the life and culture of indigenous communities along the short of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán. In addition to chronicling daily activities, Anthmann's photos also reveal the spiritual and religious elements of Mayan culture, in which women have historically played a key role. Maya Healers provides a portrait of indigenous cultural endurance despite decades of genocide and suppression.

On display Fall 2018

Maya Healers

A collection of photographs take by Fran Antmann from 2006 to 2017, Maya Healers documents the life and culture of indigenous communities along the short of Guatemala's Lake Atitlán. In addition to chronicling daily activities, Anthmann's photos also reveal the spiritual and religious elements of Mayan culture, in which women have historically played a key role. Maya Healers provides a portrait of indigenous cultural endurance despite decades of genocide and suppression.

On display Fall 2018

Labors of Love and Loss

Repurposing everyday items like ironing boards, safety pins, and even hair and bone, Marianetta Porter and Lisa Olson's Labors of Love and Loss explored the intertwined lives of caregivers and their charges. Focusing on lived experiences, the exhibit examined how African American women's lives in the nineteenth century were affected by their relationships and occupations. 

On display Winter 2018 

Chicana Fotos: Nancy De Los Santos

Featuring photographs by filmmaker and artist Nancy De Los Santos, this exhibit explored struggles for social justice among Mexican Americans throughout the 1970s. Featuring rare images of of the United Farm Workers of America organizing activities in Chicago, protests against police brutality and for farm worker rights in Texas, and the first global conference on women, the International Women’s Year Conference in Mexico City, Chicana Fotos offered a distinct perspective on the role identity plays in grassroots political organizing.

On display Fall 2017

Moving Through the Centuries: The Empowerment of U-M Women Through Physical Activity

Part of the U-M's Bicentennial Celebration, this collection of photographs and memorabilia showcased women’s physical activity at the University. From early and restrictive physical education to D1 athletics, the exhibit explored early participatory nature of women’s movement. Despite inequities faced by women regarding physical activity, women have danced, flexed, fought, and championed for future women athletes at the university and beyond!

On display Winter 2017

Swallowed Whole: A Visual Journey Through Trauma and Recovery

Created by Heidi Kumao, this exhibition consisted of large-scale staged photographs and video, all of which drew upon U-M Stamps School of Art & Design Professor Heidi Kumao's experiences with a broken back and cancer treatment in 2011-12. Combining humor and stark imagery, the work playfully embraces the absurdity and isolation that accompanied these medical traumas.

On display Fall 2016

Above Ground: 40 Moments of Transformation

Above Ground is a photography exhibition highlighting the powerful, ground-breaking performance art and actions of China’s Young Feminist Activists (YFA). The exhibit was curated by Lü Ping, a Chinese feminist organizer and visiting scholar at Columbia University, who first organized the exhibit in New York City in fall 2015.

On display Winter 2016

Stories of Mothers Lost: The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

This quilt exhibit was made possible by the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) for Safe Motherhood, an NGO whose goal is to reduce rates of maternal and child mortality. The initiative to obtain these stories was made possible by a United Nations Population fund grant to the WRA. Following a global call, there was an overwhelming response of 120 panels from 46 organizations.Stories of Mothers Lost - a collection of internationally sourced, hand crafted panels commemorating mothers lost – allowed families to express grief and also plays a powerful role as a mechanism for advocacy and communication on an issue that transcends country borders.

On display Fall 2015

Re-imaging Gender

This exhibit featured the work of 15 promising artists who rendered the modern spectrum of gender, going beyond the simple male/female binary to include a wide variety of identities and sexualities. The Re-imaging artists, MFA students enrolled at CIC universities, responded to a Call for Art issued by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. The result was an exhibition of 17 works in a variety of media, including photography, paint, lithograph, mixed media, and video, which reflected new understandings of gender.

On display Winter 2015


This is an exhibit of photographs and text created by The Olimpias artist collective, a group of disability culture activists and their allies, led by artistic director Petra Kuppers, Professor of English, Theater and Dance, Art and Women’s Studies. The artists use underwater photography, dry performance workshops, creative writing and video to find their disabled beauty emerging from the deep, the wild aesthetic of water.

On display Fall 2014

4000 Years of Choice

This is an exhibition of posters created by Heather Ault about the age-old practices of abortion and contraception as a means to reclaim reproductive freedom as a deeply personal and life-sustaining act existing throughout all of human history.

On display Winter 2014

Sustainable Activism and Beloved Communities of Detroit

This is an exhibition of photographs by Wayne State Photography Professor Marilyn Zimmerwoman.

On display Fall 2013

Interrupted Life: Incarcerated Mothers in the United States

This is a multimedia exhibition featuring works by incarcerated women, curated by Rickie Solinger.

On display Spring/Summer 2013

Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography

Curated by Rickie Solinger.

On display Winter 2013

Women's Studies 40 Years: Memorabilia

To recognize the 40th anniversary of the Women's Studies department at Michigan, members of the Women’s Studies community shared feminist memorabilia from 1970 to the present in an exhibit of posters, records, t-shirts, buttons, pamphlets, postcards, and documents.

On display Fall 2012


Full-color photographs that celebrate the accomplishments, diversity, and beauty of female athletes.

On display Winter 2012

A Women’s Place is in the Struggle: Gender, Race, and Nation

Posters from the collections of Paquetta Palmer and Maria Cotera.

On display Fall 2011

we will not be silent: photographs by ellen eisenman

On display Fall 2010


By Yehudit Endlard.

On display Winter 2010

Guerrilla Girls

On display Fall 2009

In Times of War: Her Untold Story

This exhibit is from the Arab American History Museum.

On display Winter 2009


By Jane Evelyn Atwood.

On display Fall 2008


By Janie Paul.

On display Winter/Spring 2008

Carry On

By Rachel Melis.

On display Spring/Summer/Fall 2007

Jake in Transition from Female to Male

By Clarissa Sligh.

On display Winter 2007

Nicole Gordon

On display Summer/Fall 2006

Bollywood Satirized

By Annu Mathew

On display Winter/Spring/Summer 2006

Southern Saddlebags and Shotgun Houses

By Beverly Buchanan

On display Fall 2005

Visualizing Women in Science, Mathematics and Engineering

By Pamela Davis-Kivelson

On display Winter/Spring/Summer 2005

MOLAS: Kuna Women's Visions from Kuna Yala, Panamá

On display Summer/Fall 2004

Red Bibs: Common and Uncommon Occurrences

By Margot Mensing

On display Spring 2004

Cuadros from Pamplona Alta, Peru

On display Spring/Summer/Fall 2003

Women and War

By Jenny Matthews

On display Fall 2003


By Carol Jacobsen

On display Winter 2003

Village Works

This exibit is a China photovoice.

On display Fall 2002


On display Winter 2002

Flint Photovoice

On display Fall 2001

Women at the University

On display Fall 2000-Winter 2001