The Residency

It’s not just black and white is a three-month-long residency exhibition with Gregory Sale, a Phoenix-based artist who will work through artistic gestures to initiate and host dialogue, aspiring to give voice to the multiple constituencies of the corrections, incarceration and criminal justice systems. The ASU Art Museum gallery space will operate as a site for developing and displaying visual and mediated exhibitions, dance and other staged events, discussions and readings.


As the title It’s not just black and white implies, the intent of the project is to explore and expose the many often conflicting viewpoints, perspectives and values that are generated from serious considerations of justice and public safety.  The project will provide the opportunity for the public to explore the impact of modern criminal justice through fact-based tours, dialogues and programs – offering more first-hand experience of the many strands that make up this complicated narrative.


The ASU Art Museum’s Social Studies Project

is a series of residency exhibitions, begun in 2007, that explores dialogue-based, process-oriented context by literally bringing the studio into the museum and by engaging the public directly in the creative process of exhibition-making in the space where “the art object” is usually found.


The ASU Art Museum continues to transform museum traditions by returning to the original sociological function of the institution – to encourage the circulation of ideas embedded in the archive, to provide a safe place for curiosity and to create an exchange point for the flow of conversation between and among artists, curators, collectors, students, social and governmental institutions, and the public.


Get Involved

Calendars within the gallery, on the exhibition website and on the museum blog will announce programs and performances, as well as opportunities to participate in Tent City Jail tours as they are confirmed over the course of the residency.  Individuals and organizations demonstrating a sustained engagement in civil justice and themes of the project may also reserve the gallery for classes, meetings, workshops, etc.  See “Opening Booking” on the website for details.


It’s not just black and white is supported by grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Friends of the ASU Art Museum.



Curated by John D. Spiak, It’s not just black and white - Gregory Sale: Social Studies Project 6 is installed in the Turk Gallery of the ASU Art Museum's