AHI 401 will present FORCE: The UC Policy, an exhibition that addresses the question of whether the UC campus police and the UC administration are upholding their stated missions to “prevent violence and protect student rights.” The exhibition focuses on three recent campus protests at UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis between 2005-2011. The exhibition will present a combination of photographs, policies, and other documentation that exposes a disconnect between the mission of the UC campus police and the UCPD’s brutal actions as in the pepper-spraying of seated unarmed UCD student protestors on November 18, 2011. The exhibition highlights how the UC Administration and UCPD perceive the sustained student efforts to fight against the privatization of public higher education as hostile and antagonistic rather than expressive of an informed and responsive student population. By underlining the role, responsibilities, and necessity of campus police, FORCE: The UC Policy invites viewers to examine and question the shift in attitudes towards student demonstrations and the use of force to control them.
FORCE: The UC Policy is co-curated by the students of AHI 401: Giana Belardi, Liz Church, Ashleigh Crocker, Maizy Enck, Susan Fanire, Megan Friel, Cindy Gieng, Bianca Hua, Lizzy Joelson, Mitzi Matthews, Monica Mercado, Bryant Pereyra, Kyle Taylor, Jennifer Urrutia, Ariana Young and Kevin Zhou. AHI 401 is a course on curatorial methods taught by Professor Susette Min.
FORCE: The UC Policy is made possible, in part with the support of the Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Program, The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Anne Reynolds Myler, Associate Director of Campus Unions Center for Student Involvement and the UC Davis Art History Program.