Look. Listen. Learn. Act.

Every year, the JSMA partners with the University of Oregon’s (UO) Common Reading — campus-wide programming around a shared book and its themes — to organize a Common Seeing exhibition that explores and expands on the Common Reading through visual art. The 2020-21 novel is This is My America by UO Assistant Vice Provost for Advising, Kimberly Johnson. The Common Reading’s charge of Look. Listen. Learn. Act. incorporates different bodies of work across multiple platforms, focusing on Blackness, Black experience and dismantling racism. The works on view in this year’s Common Seeing, on loan from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, are by Black American artists Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976) and Alison Saar (American, b. 1956). Their art compels us to look, listen, learn and act.

The JSMA believes that art can move people to change. As an academic art museum, it is critical for us to listen, learn and act in order to build trust and understanding. We are committed to the advancement of anti-racism in museum culture and diverse and equitable approaches in our work. The JSMA’s exhibitions and public programs strive to amplify multiple perspectives, experiences and voices. Look. Listen. Learn. Act. is generously made possible by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.

For more information about all of the University of Oregon’s Common Reading resources, including The 1619 Project Podcast and the work of award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, and a schedule of events, visit: https://fyp.uoregon.edu/common-reading-2020-2021