Far and Wide

courtesy Duke inTransit

Duke inTransit begins 

by Catherine Currin

A progressive artistic experience begins this month at Duke University. inTransit illuminates the impact of migration within local and global communities through a diverse array of art installations and seminars. Dr. Alán José, part of the inTransit leadership team, says the series is unique because of its network of collaborative interpretation. “There is no ownership of everything, everyone is doing a little piece. We’re involving, in a very different way, the Duke community, supporters and patrons, and the community at large.”

Many little pieces can be found at galleries in downtown Durham. To simulate the concept of migration, “art pathways,” as José describes them, will take visitors on a journey of art all through Duke’s campus and then beyond. The pathways will remain on display until February 2019. There is also a two-day workshop about art and migration in Europe at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Feb. 1 – 2. Throughout the year, there will be film screenings, seminars, and art exhibitions Triangle-wide, and even classes for credit and to audit at Duke.

José hopes the year-long deluge of art and events will empower viewers from all walks of life to become more engaged global citizens. “In the history of the U.S., migration has played a key role and enriched many aspects of who we are, impacting our essence as a country.” This series, he says, brings it home.