Gina Alicea, Corvus Gallery Director, first encountered Daniel Epstein’s work through the Portraits in Faith website and book. She was immediately inspired to bring this artwork to the children in the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools to enable deep engagement in the concept of “the other” for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion week in January 2023. Gina envisioned the Corvus Gallery with this content as a space for inspiration and conversation about the idea of the other and how humanity judges each other.
Ms. Alicea worked with Daniel to curate the exhibition featuring large-scale portraits with QR codes linking to the subjects’ video interviews, a world map with portraits representing the 27 countries where the interviews were conducted, and a montage of 35 other portraits, and questions on the wall to evoke reflection and curiosity.
The questions on the wall above the large portraits were meant to drive reflection and discussion:
–Who do you see as “the other?”
–When have you felt like ”the other?”
–How well do you listen to others?
–What have you learned from listening to others’ stories?
–What can we do to dismantle our misperceptions of others?
Ms. Alicea created the exhibition to end with the photo montage and the ultimate question: “How do we create more unity amongst humanity?”
The Seeing The Other exhibition opened on January 3, 2023, and ran until March 7th, 2023.
The Seeing The Other exhibition and educational program is now discussing with other museums and institutions to bring this offering to new places. The current plan is for it to be at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY, in 2024/25.
For host exhibit inquiries or other inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Daniel Epstein.
To receive the Portraits in Faith Book featuring Daniel’s exhibited artwork, please visit the shop HERE.