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Upcoming Exhibits

"All our stories are so different, but we're all the same:" Homelessness and Addiction in our Community

An exploration of poverty, addiction and recovery in Kittitas County, including community  quotes and art created by community members. Installation on Dean Lobby Wall. Co-curated by CWU museum studies interns, Sarah Bair, Barbara Hammesberg, and Elizabeth Seelye,, with Mark Auslander.   Opening January 14.


Spring 2015

Binding Cultures: Art and Environment in the Northern Philippines  Organized by Ellen Schattschneider and Lynn Bethke. Opening April 9.

Binding Cultures celebrates the artistic brilliance and technological creativity of the peoples of the Philippines’ Cordillera region in Northern Luzon..  The objects in this exhibition integrate practical functions and aesthetic power, illustrating the social and environmental adaptability of their creators in a rapidly changing world.






Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America

January 2015

In Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America, anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg document the daily lives of homeless drug users, drawing upon more than a decade of fieldwork they conducted among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers who survive on the streets of San Francisco’s former industrial neighborhoods. Numerous black and white photographs are interwoven with edited transcriptions of tape recorded conversations, fieldwork notes, and critical analysis to explore the intimate experience of homelessness and addiction. Revealing the social survival mechanisms and perspectives of this marginalized “community of addicted bodies,” the exhibition also sheds light on the often unintended consequences of public policies that can exacerbate the suffering faced by treet-based drug users in America.

A traveling exhibit from the Penn Museum.