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Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

image of a figurine in a blue shirt with a pack

Toy Figurine of Man with Pack

papier-mâché

Gift of the Japan Society

M2845

 

 

two painted doors lean against a wall on the right

Martin Calvino

31 South 

mixed media installation 

dimensions variable

2022

 

Gallery Hours

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm​
It is recommended that all off-campus guests call (973) 275-2033 to confirm gallery hours.
Groups of 8 or more must make advance reservations. 
For more information, contact us at walshgallery@shu.edu

 

 

Seton Hall Re-Collects

Monday, September 12 – Friday, December 9, 2022

 


When James Roosevelt Bayley founded Seton Hall College in 1856 in honor of his aunt, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, he envisioned a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit. As the first appointed Bishop for the newly founded Diocese of Newark, Bayley was simultaneously building two organizations. The first was the larger spiritual kinship of the diocese and the second was the academic community at Seton Hall. There have been many changes in the ensuing 166 years: at the university, the archdiocese, and the world-at-large. The Walsh Gallery and Department of Archives and Special Collections communicate and document Bayley’s vision in the form of art, artifacts and archival materials which simultaneously record historical and cultural shifts. Seton Hall’s collections are available for exhibitions, programs and scholarship – and reflect the diversity of our students, faculty and academic programs. This exhibition actively celebrates the richness of our community by inviting those who work with the collections - whether through research, work or enjoyment – to select an object and compose a label describing their interest in that particular piece. This collaboratively curated exhibit reflects a wide range of subjects and a pluralistic outlook while demonstrating the breadth and variety of objects in our care. To see more of our collections, you can follow us on social media, read our blog or schedule a research visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Calvino: 31 South

Monday, September 12 – Friday, December 9, 2022

 


One of the measures of the ‘American Dream’ has been – and for many remains – home ownership. This concept emerged in the 1930’s in the aftermath of The Great Depression and was popularized by historian James Truslow Adams, author of The Epic of America. Adams’ book dissected the uniquely American phenomenon which promises freedom for people to reach their full potential, regardless of their origins. These aspirations were set against the backdrop of harsh American laws enacted during this period to limit immigrants, particularly those from Mexico and Asia, while those from Central, Northern, and the Western part of Europe were more welcome. Presently, millions of people in this country work hard and pay their bills, but home ownership – a marker of the success Adams described – eludes them.

Almost 100 years since the popularization of the American Dream, Uruguayan-born multimedia artist and scientist Martin Calvino’s recent home purchase gave him first-hand experience measuring the gap between the desire to own a home and the fragile truth that obviates that reality for so many. Home ownership – the benchmark of economic stability, freedom and success remains elusive – especially for Latinx people. Despite Calvino’s high qualifications, he experienced difficulties during the home purchasing and mortgage processes. These experiences were the impetus for Calvino’s interdisciplinary project 31 South which uses art and data visualization to analyze lending practices and rates of home ownership among Latinx communities, illuminating a series of social justice and equity issues like redlining – the practice of denying loans unjustly to qualified mortgagees – and other discriminatory practices in the real estate and mortgage banking industries – despite laws meant to offer protections.

Walsh Gallery | Seton Hall University | 400 S. Orange Avenue | South Orange, NJ 07079 | 973-275-2033

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