Narratives of the Nationality Rooms: Immigration and Identity in Pittsburgh

Exhibition Dates
November 10 – December 8 2017
Exhibition Location
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh

Gallery tours! From December 1 to December 8, students will be offering guided tours of the exhibition. At 11am and 2pm on weekdays (the gallery is closed on the weekend).

Join us for a closing event of the exhibition on Friday, December 8, 3-5pm.

The exhibition considers the cultural memories and immigrant identities that form the Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning (University of Pittsburgh), while exploring how narratives of conflict, community and diversity work together to create these unique and treasured educational spaces. 

The exhibition features objects from the Nationality Rooms, photographs and documents from the University of Pittsburgh Library System, and watercolors by Andrey Avinoff (1884-1949) from the collection of the UAG. Arranged in thematic sections, these materials illuminate the formation of the Nationality Rooms, the visual cultures that they reflect, and the ways in which immigrant identities have become embedded in these unique classroom spaces in the Cathedral of Learning.

The exhibition is organized by students enrolled in the Museum Studies Exhibition Seminar course in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of History of Art and Architecture. The course is taught by Shirin Fozi, Assistant Professor of Medieval European Art and Architecture, in collaboration with Isabelle Chartier, UAG curator, and Ellen Larson, PhD student and UAG assistant.

The gallery will stay open until 8pm on Thursday, November 16. Tours and public discussions are to be announced. 

Please note that the gallery will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 22, 23 and 24.