Event Details

FALL 2023

To Be-Named

September 1 through October 14, 2023

Opening reception September 8, 6- 9pm






To Be—Named is a multi-site, new media art exhibition & edited volume focused on how names are created and used to shape, reshape, and sometimes mis-shape, our worlds and identities. Acts of naming are not merely descriptive or representative—they have creative capacity and actively take part in shaping the interactions and worlds in which they are embedded.

The origins of To Be—Named lie in a partnership between the European Union funded CoLing project—a multi-national multi-institutional program focused on minority languages, the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network which links university hubs around the world, and the Recovering Voices program at the Smithsonian Institution, which supports community efforts in language revitalization.

There will be To Be-Named exhibits around the world in 2023-2024, including in Berlin, Athens, Palestine, Bishkek, and Mexico. This iteration of the exhibit was curated by Krista Caballero in partnership with Opalka Gallery.

Ellen Driscoll

Zhaoyue Fan

Jenny Irene Miller

Luz Maria Sanchez

Bentley Sprang

Keith S Wilson

Elizabeth Withstandley

Saya Woolfalk

Jean-Marc Superville Sovak

Jeremy Dennis

Sayokla Kindness Williams

Birding the Future

Aarati Akkapeddi