Voices: America's Music

By Lauren Glass '13

This post is an alumnus’ response to Voices: America’s Music, currently on display in ArtStreet Studio D Gallery. The exhibit showcases the work of ArtStreet residents, created as an expression of how music has brought a voice to the marginalized in American society throughout the past century.

From the moment I first walked into ArtStreet’s Studio D containing the current exhibit, Voices: America’s Music, I was absorbed by what surrounded me.

Images and newspaper clippings about instances of racial discrimination cascades from ceiling to floor, while the phrase “what a wonderful world” hovers meekly overhead as a faint expression of hope for the future, alongside a stream of videos commemorating the LGBT struggle in the 2000s and my old roommate and co-worker, Cynthia (ArtStreet poster child and mannequin extraordinaire), pulling off a fantastic Madonna impersonation in a mock wedding dress decked out with images of female pop stars who continue to challenge society’s expectations of women today.

But the most fascinating part about this exhibit is that very few of the students who created these pieces are actually majoring in the arts. The students involved in creating this exhibit run the gambit: history, communication, engineering, biology, business and many other majors in between. Even as a former student and ArtStreet resident, I could not have prepared myself for the level of creativity, thought and provocation displayed. It’s refreshing to see UD students pushing themselves artistically and being challenged to think about societal issues and their continued impact today, and I hope this exhibit will inspire others to do the same, no matter what their expertise may be.

I want to thank Brian LaDuca and all of the ArtStreet workers and residents for paving the way for greater student involvement in the arts and societal issues, and I look forward to seeing more of this in the future.

Voices: America's Music is on display in the ArtStreet Gallery through April 25th. 

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