The exhibition's title is intentionally lowercase and plural to emphasize that knowledge does not only happen in scholarly publications, laboratories, and lecture halls. Creating art can also be a form of research that contributes to many fields of inquiry. In this spirit, the Spencer Museum of Art commissioned four contemporary artists to make work that corresponds to four different areas of research supported by its Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI): data visualization, immigration, social histories, and ecologies. The artists creating work in conversation with these areas of research are Assaf Evron, Danielle Roney, Fatimah Tuggar, and Andrew Yang. This exhibition positions the academic art museum as an active participant in a university's research initiatives.
IARI is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The knowledges exhibition and related programs are funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Linda Inman Bailey Exhibitions Fund, the International Artists-in-Residence Fund, and Friends of the Art Museum.