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Opening Night Event: Translating Valence

Guests at Opening Night Event, 2019

Opening Night Event - Translating Valence: redefining black male identity

Friday, Jan 17, 2020
5:30 – 9:00 pm
Free for UICA Members;
Non-members: Free with gallery admission

Join UICA for the opening of Translating Valence. Enjoy light refreshments and a first look at the works on view.


Translating Valence: redefining black male identity
Jan 17 – May 3, 2019

Translating Valence discusses ideas of black masculinity that lie in conjunction with, and in opposition to, widely held historical and stereotypical beliefs. The title references the psychological theory of emotional valence, which in general refers to the direction of an emotional response to a stimulus: from attraction to aversion. While commonly not applied to individuals, it can be argued that stereotypes about black males create negative valence. Although valence is said to be intrinsic, the idea of questioning the relevance and objective nature of valence is at play in this exhibition.

Learn More: Exhibition Details

Devan Shimoyama,  Crowned , mixed media, 2017.

Devan Shimoyama, Crowned, mixed media, 2017.


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or meganbylsma@ferris.edu at least 72 hours in advance.