Innovation Gallery

Housed on the ASU Tempe campus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building, the Innovation Gallery is a public space to enjoy free, informative exhibits and programming related to our research. Graduate students in the museum studies program frequently use the gallery as their laboratory to interpret, design and develop unique and interactive exhibitions. We also draw from the vast archaeological, ethnographic and scientific collections maintained by the university or provided by community partners.

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Current Exhibit

The Great Migration: Indiscernables in Arizona
October-December 2019

The Great Migration was the relocation of more than six million African Americans from the rural South to the cities of the North, Midwest and West from about 1915 to 1970. Despite the significant growth of the state’s African American population during this period, the impact of this migration has had little acknowledgement, marginalizing and rendering indiscernible black folks and their stories. This exhibit explores shared threads of experience surrounding the migration. It provides a glimpse into the lives of ordinary black Arizonans. It celebrates the survival of the ancestors and the establishment of enduring and thriving communities in the Valley.

This exhibit is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project of the same name developed by Emancipation Arts, LLC in collaboration with ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

    A military member blowing a horn, a mother holding a child, and an illustration of the light rail system with historical photographs

    Photos and artwork courtesy of Rodney Grimes, C.A. Hammons; Dorthea Lange, National Archives and Records Administration

    Past exhibits

    Metzilocan Extension
    March-September 2019

    Contemplate the "Monolith of Tlaloc" in the gallery. This display is an extension of the new "Metzilocan" exhibit at the nearby ASU Art Museum, which chronicles artist Claudia Peña Salinas’ research on the Aztec deities of water, relating ancestral symbolism and knowledge to modernist and contemporary structures. The gallery will also feaure items from the school's Latin American collection that were hand-selected by Salinas to accompany her artwork.

    Revisiting the Latin American Folk-Art Collection
    September 2018-February 2019

    This exhibit is curated by students of the museum studies program at SHESC. It features 104 items from the school’s Latin American folk-art collection of over 400 pieces. Arranged around the themes of daily life, spiritual beliefs, animals and nature, the exhibition speaks to the diversity of Latin American culture. The collection came to the school in 2008 and, a decade later, provides a new opportunity to appreciate these works in the recently renovated Innovation Gallery.