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Describing Language: Thinking Through Communication and Access

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
New Harmony Gallery 506 Main St, New Harmony, IN 47631

An exhibition as laboratory, exploring how language can grant or deny access.

Describing Language: Thinking Through Access and Communication

Farhad Bahram, Jodie Cavalier, Jovencio de la Paz, Tannaz Farsi, Christine Laurin Miller, Warren Miller, Alyson Provax, Josie Love Roebuck, Xia Zhang, Yuyang Zhang

August 21 – October 2, 2021

New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Southern Indiana is proud to present Describing Language: Thinking Through Access and Communication, a group exhibition featuring works by Farhad Bahram, Jodie Cavalier, Jovencio de la Paz, Tannaz Farsi, Christine Laurin Miller, Warren Miller, Alyson Provax, Josie Love Roebuck, Xia Zhang, and Yuyang Zhang. The exhibition runs from August 21 – October 2, 2021, with gallery hours 10am – 5pm Tuesdays – Saturdays. An online research portal will also be part of this exhibition, available at A conversation with artists, curators, and researchers will occur on Zoom on October 2, 2021, details to be announced.

The way someone can communicate to another person can be the point where they can access their needs, wants, or desires. So often miscommunication can deny people resources and opportunities. Describing Language, a partnership with the University of Oregon’s Center for Artistic Research, serves as both an exhibition and a laboratory for examining the ways in which language and other methods of communication allow or deny access. Describing Language includes artists from both the Midwest and the West, illustrating the ways in which technology allows us to communicate and collaborate across distances and in differing environments. The featured artists address varied issues including global language and patterns of colonization, Semiotics, education, propaganda, resistance, technology, ableism, emotion, labor, and identity, which all converge in an examination around access and power. Serving as points of entry for community discussion and investigation, Describing Language is malleable and changing, inviting other examples, experiences, and learning opportunities around the theme of communication and access.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Oregon, as well as the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the State of Indiana and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art is an outreach partner of the University of Southern Indiana. The gallery is located at 506 Main Street in New Harmony, Indiana. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 812/682-3156 or go to


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