The Crown

The Crown: Contemporary Construction of Self in America

Gallery Hours: M,T,W - 3 to 5 PM | Th - 2 to 5 PM | F - 1 to 5 PM

The Crown: Contemporary Construction of Self in America is a series of projects by artist Shani Peters that will examine the complicated concept of Black pride and success. Crowns, symbolic of kings and queens, and conferred on any number of Black popular culture figures from James Brown to Biggie, are also symbols for systems of inequitably distributed resources and injustice. This multi-part project—which includes two exhibitions, two film screenings, a student lounge/photo session, a children's program as well as an artist talk—asks the question: what does it mean to acknowledge the need for these forms of pride and success while recognizing their problems? Shani Peter’s residency and all the various projects and programs connected to it are a collaboration between the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies and the Institute for the Humanities.

March 12 – April 3; gallery hours 9am – 5pm
March 12 - Opening Reception, 5:30-7pm
Institute for the Humanities Galler
202 S. Thayer, Ann Arbor
Installation & Video

March 18 – May 1; gallery hours TBA
March 18 – Opening reception, 4 - 6pm
March 18 – Student Lounge & Portrait Session, 6 – 8pm
GalleryDAAS (Room G648 Haven Hall)
Photographs & Photo Booth

Chameleon Street film screening
March 17, 4pm, 2435 North Quad, U-M Ann Arbor campus
March 21, 3pm,Charles Wright Museum, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit  (Q & A w/the Director, Wendell Holmes)

Artist Talk
March 19, 12 noon
GalleryDAAS (Room G648 Haven Hall)

Children's Workshop
March 21, 1pm, Charles Wright Museum, 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit

Gallery Montage

Our Gallery

GalleryDAAS supports the mission of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) by exhibiting emerging and established artists from throughout the African Diaspora. Working with artists, curators and art historians as well as DAAS/U-M faculty, the gallery is a catalyst for acknowledging the work of original art by artists of Africa and its diaspora, not only through our exhibitions, but by hosting artist residencies and visits, and encouraging unique teaching opportunities for both DAAS and the broader U-M community.

GallerDAAS is administered by the DAAS Exhibitions Committee and typically has two to three exhibitions during the regular school year (Fall/Winter). For more information, please contact V. Robin Grice at