Alabama Contemporary Art Center: DIFFERENT / FIT EUGENICS IN ALABAMA, 1919-1935

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Date(s) - October 8, 2021 - May 14, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Alabama Contemporary Art Center



The underlying violence of disenfranchisement is a lack of visibility. When we talk about societies ‘most vulnerable’ we are talking about a complex and wildly diverse population out of sight. The power of art in this context might be to drag light into a dark room, or to build empathy. You can’t feel what you can’t see, and feeling this is vital to knowing the harm, and therefore knowing how to heal.

In this multi-site partnership exhibition with Mobile Medical Museum, curator elizabet elliott, and artists Merrilee Challiss, Carey Fountain, and Chris Lawson explore the heartbreaking history of eugenics in Alabama. Newly commissioned work will be sited at both Mobile Medical Museum, located at 1664 Springhill Avenue Mobile, Alabama 36604, until May 2022 and on-site at ACAC until January 2021.

This project has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-sponsors this project. Additional support from the Edith Mitchell Health Initiative.


To protect staff and patrons alike, Alabama Contemporary requires a mask and social distancing in the galleries. We’ve also amended our hours, are waiving admission, and placing limits on capacity. For more information on our COVID-19 opening policy go here. We encourage everyone to be safe and socially conscious as we all learn to move forward through this together.

This exhibition will open at the Mobile Medical Museum on September 25, 2021 and will be on display until May 14, 2022.

A satellite exhibition will open at the Alabama Contemporary Art Center on October 8, 2021 with an opening reception at 6 PM during Art Walk.