New University Museum Exhibit Talks Politics

Aug 8, 2019

A mural painted by Yingzue Zuo displayed in Mitchell Gallery at Southern Illinois University's University Museum in Carbondale, Illinois on June 8, 2019.
Credit Amelia Blakely

The Mitchell Gallery is the largest gallery in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's University Museum, and is now featuring a colorful and vivid art exhibit shining a light on racism, gun violence and cultural oppression that takes place across the globe.

The exhibit is called, "The Voice," and is by Yingzue Zuo, an SIUC Alumnus and a globally presented artist.

University Museum Curator Wes Stoerger said he felt the exhibit displayed important messages during the current political climate. 

Zuo's work represents some of the most polarizing elements of today's political climate, as seen in the University Museum's exhibit in Carbondale, Illinois on June 8, 2019.
Credit Amelia Blakely

"People's intial reaction to this exhibit might be that it is inflammatory to one side or the other, but if you take the time to look at it, you realize this exhibit calls out inconsistencies and problems across the politcal spectrum, not just in America but across the globe," Stoerger said.

The exhibit features four large murals and eight pieces of framed art.

The artist, Zuo has a dual-citizenship with China. Stoerger said his cultural background allows Zuo to take a step back and look at inequality that happens on both sides of the ocean.

Stoeger said Zuo's message is not to point out a specific person or party, but it's pointed to the system and how people need to pay better attention to what is happening in the world. 

The exhibit will be on display until December 14. A special reception with an artist presentation will be on August 31 beginning from 4 to 7 p.m..