Sheryl Oring: I Wish to Say

Sheryl Oring, I Wish to Say
March 11, 2020 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
March 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Various Locations

The College of Arts + Architecture hosts performance artist Sheryl Oring, who brings her project I Wish to Say  to the UNC Charlotte campus for three sessions on March 11 and 12. 

For I Wish to Say, Oring dresses in vintage 1960s secretary attire and sets up a makeshift public office onsite – complete with a manual typewriter – and invites members of the public to dictate postcards to the next president. Each card is typed verbatim. Originals will be included in an exhibition at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City in August and September, to coincide with the Republican National Convention, and then sent to the White House after the election.

Since launching the I Wish to Say project in 2004, Oring has typed more than 4,000 postcards to the President from dozens of locations across the U.S. Her book, Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project, was published by the University of Chicago Press. Oring is Professor and Chair of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Oring will set up shop at UNC Charlotte at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, March 11
12:00-1:30 pm   Cato/CHHS Quad 

Thursday, March 12 
11:00 am-12:30 pm   Atkins Library near Peet's coffee 
2:30-4:00 pm   Atkins Library main entrance
Sheryl Oring is presented in partnership with Atkins Library, the Honors College, and the Department of Theatre.
Pictured: Sheryl Oring in I Wish to Say. Photo by Harrison Dreeves.