Arts/Culture
4:48 pm
Sun January 16, 2011

MSU exhibit uses art to explore racial equality

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.