You're Welcome

In partnership with The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), and the U-M Arts Initiative, Monument Lab is launching  You’re Welcome, an exhibition and public art project in Fall 2023. 

At the center of this project, multidisciplinary artist, Cannupa Hanska Luger, has been commissioned for an installation on Alumni Memorial Hall’s facade. Luger’s work will examine narratives around sovereignty, institutions, and colonialism and will explore the relationship between the building, the land it stands on, the people it was built to commemorate, and a long history of the hidden colonial narratives deeply embedded in public structures. 

Monument Lab Director and U-M Arts Initiative Curator-in-Residence, Paul Farber, will be co-curating this initiative with UMMA Assistant Curator, Ozi Uduma. 

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota). Through monumental installations and social collaborations that reflect a deep engagement and respect for materials, the environment, and community, Luger uses speculative fiction to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. 

Learn more about Cannupa Hanska Luger through his work and follow him on Instagram.


Co-curators: Paul Farber and Ozi Uduma

Monument Lab Team:

Project Manager: Aubree Penney

Main Team: Nico Rodriguez

Current Interns: Gebby Keny, Jalen Greene

Previous Interns: Sophia Ford

University of Michigan Team:

Director of UMMA: Tina Olsen

Administrator: Alisunn Jones

Project Manager: Jessica Allie

Main Team:

  • Christopher Ankney, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, UMMA
  • Lisa Borgsdorf, Manager of Public Programs, UMMA
  • Matt Casadonte, Senior Exhibitions Technician, UMMA
  • David Choberka, Mellon Foundation Curator for University Learning and Programs, UMMA
  • Andrew Cohen, Exhibitions & Programs Project Manager, UMMA
  • Laura De Becker, Chief Curator and Helmut and Candis Stern Curator of African Art, UMMA
  • Katie Derosier, Director of Exhibitions & Publications, UMMA
  • Bruce Glazier, Facilities Manager, UMMA
  • Kate Holoka, Senior Exhibitions Technician, UMMA
  • Erika Larson, Exhibitions & Publications Project Manager, UMMA
  • Jim Leija, Deputy Director for Public Experience and Learning, UMMA
  • Grace Vandervliet, Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning, UMMA

Arts Initiative Team:

Associate Director: Alison Rivett

Administrator: Erin Flores