Tomashi Jackson's "Love Economy" in the LookOut! Gallery

January 20, 2014 (All day) - February 14, 2014 (All day)
Location: 
LookOut! Gallery
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

The RCAH is sponsoring our third annual artist in residence exhibition in the series “Perspectives on African-American Experience: Emerging Visions,” with support from the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Artist Tomashi Jackson will be in residency in the RCAH from January 20 through January 25, and will exhibit "Love Economy" in the RCAH's LookOut! Art Gallery from January 20 through February 14, 2014.

The LookOut! is open Monday through Friday, 12 to 3 p.m.

All are welcome at the following events for Tomashi Jackson's "Love Economy" exhibit:

  • Meet the Artist: Monday, January 20, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Artist's Reception: Tuesday, January 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Love Economy:

"Love Economy" is a body of work that explores depictions of laboring women through portraiture, video projection and sculptural installation. Informal labor, such as house- and office-keeping, or child and elder care, are accepted as necessities for the maintenance of validated economies. Yet the humanity of many laborers is often questioned in the public realm, with terms such as alien and illegal. But this labor is executed globally by people, mostly women, who move through public spaces working privately in states of suspended invisibility on behalf of those who themselves benefit from formal social protection.

"Love Economy" highlights contradictions that occur between public and private spaces. Jackson raises questions regarding legitimacy, value, and the layered structure of history. 

Meet the artist:

Tomashi Jackson uses her own labor, livelihood, and migration narratives to construct sculptures, video and projection works, and portraits. Her work covers topics including labor, visibility, memory, among others. Born in Houston and raised in Los Angeles, Jackson received a degree as a Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT.