March 10, 2014
Melanie Manos’ (MFA 2008) performance work Feeling the Void is featured in the inaugural edition of the Contemporary Performance Almanac (editors: Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson, c. 2014). The almanac includes work of performance artists from 47 countries.
February 20, 2014
Larry K. Snider has been taking photographs around the world for the past 30 years. He has had numerous exhibits of his photographs, which are also in the permanent collections of over 17 museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. For Cultural Encounters, the photographer has selected images of people and their environments in India, Burma (Myanmar), and Tibet in a dynamic and thought-provoking exhibition.
Cultural Encounters: India, Burma (Myanmar), and Tibet: Photographs by Larry K. Snider
Exhibition Dates: February 8th - July 5th, 2014
Reception and Artist’s Talk: Thursday, April 10th, 2014 from 6 - 8 pm
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
February 14, 2014
Simon Kalil Borst (BFA 2011) writes and illustrates the first of two comics on the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise, the scholarship that sent him and many other Kalamazoo Public Schools graduates to college.
Graduating in 2007, Simon Borst was part of the second class to receive the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship that covered up to 100 percent tuition at any Michigan public university or college for those who attended Kalamazoo Public Schools. Now Borst is among those who have returned to Kalamazoo. The artist tells their story in a graphic news form. This is the first of a two-part series.
Kalamazoo Promise Returned: In pictures and words - Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave
February 10, 2014
Stamps alumna Debra Golden (BFA 1979) is one of three artists featured in the Art x 3 exhibition at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti Feb 6 – Mar 1.
This three person show includes Steve Allen, Sylvia Ford and Debra Golden. Their different mediums will blend a broad landscape theme.
Steve works in oil, Sylvia is a photographer and Debra is primarily a watercolor artist.
Art x 3
Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Feb 6 – Mar 1, 2014
Reception: Feb 8, 5-7 pm
February 10, 2014
A private New York philanthropic fund has awarded Ken Aptekar (BFA 1973) a $50,000 grant, administered through the New York Foundation for the Arts. The grant supports development of a solo exhibition in Lübeck, Germany, at the St. Annen Museum in 2015. Director Dr. Thorsten Rodiek, previously Director of the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabruck, Germany, and commissioner of that museum’s Daniel Liebeskind building, was “excited and pleased” to learn of this early support of the exhibition in Lübeck, entitled NACHBARN (NEIGHBORS). It opens February 15, and will remain on view through June 28, 2015. The grant follows a previous award from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, NY, in support of the same exhibition.
Aptekar’s project will feature paintings-with-text, silverpoint drawings, and video installations that prompt conversations “across the fence,” between the Renaissance Christian art in the St. Annen Museum and the imposing 1870 synagogue right next door. This exhibition will be the eighth museum project the artist has undertaken. It is his first in Germany, where seventy years after the end of WWII, tensions between Jews and Christians still necessitate a 24/7 police guard post in front of the Lübeck synagogue.
NEIGHBORS proposes that paintings from the past can prompt Lübeck’s Germans, Russian Jews, and Turkish Muslims, whose neighboring three mosques are a short walk from the museum, to see how much they share. While the exhibition will recall the painful history of Jews in the Nazi era, it will evoke as well the presence of a vibrant Jewish community in this northern corner of Germany, and the role neighbors played for many years in creating that community. Aptekar’s works will be exhibited alongside works in the 16th century cloistered convent that houses the museum’s historic collection and in the new Kunsthalle attached to it.
NEIGHBORS follows Aptekar’s previous museum interventions, including TALKING TO PICTURES at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, DC (1997), GIVE AND TAKE at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London (2000), CHARLOTTE’S CHARLOTTE at the Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, (on view now), and projects in Paris, Sao Paolo, and Portland, OR.
Study, “I Thought We Were Friends”, 2012, painting on panel with sandblasted glass
February 7, 2014
Ruth Taubman (BFA ‘81) is featured on SLICE Ann Arbor, an arts and culture blog featuring slice-of-life interviews with people making a creative mark in and around town. SLICE gives readers a chance to meet the artists, chefs, designers, musicians, actors, playwrights, architects, producers, curators, photographers, dancers, filmmakers, and authors—and find out how they got their start, what’s important to them, and why they do what they do.
Why did you become an artist?
Being an artist was all I ever wanted to do since I was a very small child. Time seems to dissolve when I’m working on a concept or solving a design issue. It’s this pursuit that makes me feel the most freedom.
SLICE Ann Arbor - Ruth Taubman
February 6, 2014
Portraits of Sound, an exhibition of mixed media images of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians by Ernestine Ruben (BA 1953) opens March 13 at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.
In the exhibition, Ruben captures New York Philharmonic musicians as they relate to their instruments and to the sounds they produce, transforming the images to convey her love and perception of music. All sections of the orchestra are included - strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.
in “Portraits of Sound,” Ruben plays with the limits of portraiture. Following sessions with members of the New York City Philharmonic (in which, she said, she might crawl under a chair in pursuit of the right angle), Ruben manipulated the images in Photoshop to reflect the relationship between music and maker and the experience of performance: an image of the bassoon transforms into bundles of sticks to suggest the tone of wood; a triplicate of a double bass extends across space, communicating oversized sound and physical stature.
- Now Showing | Ernestine Ruben - nytimes.com
Portraits of Sound
March 13 - June 7, 2014
Plaza Corridor Galleries, Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023
February 5, 2014
“For there is hope for the tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.” Job 14:7
Anne Frank gazed upon this tree during her time in hiding, and often wrote about it in her diary. The journey of eleven saplings from Amsterdam to eleven sites around the U.S.A., including the 9/11 Memorial, the White House Gardens, and the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, Michigan, began with a story published in the New York Times. These saplings originated from the nearly 200-year-old white chestnut tree that brought Anne Frank solace as she and her family hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War 11. The Anne Frank Garden and permanent exhibit feature photographs and scrolling quotations from the diary, culminating in a challenge and call to action. The proposal for the Holocaust Memorial Center was co-submitted by alumni Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan (BFA 1976).
“From my favorite spot on the floor, I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,” Frank wrote in 1944. “When I looked outside right into the depth of nature and God, then I was happy, really happy.” Watching the chestnut tree cycle through the seasons offered Anne hope that one day humanity also would have another chance.
January 31, 2014
The Life You Make is a documentary film by fine artist Dylan Strzynski (BFA 2001). It explores the lives of artists - real artists - who make their living primarily through art fairs. There is much more to some of these people than most realize and the possibilities suggested by their way of life are inspiring. Kickstarter campaign runs now through February 20th.
January 21, 2014
Francie Hester (BFA 1982) will exhibit her work “Symbolic Spaces” in four galleries, spanning from California to Virginia, in 2014.
California - March 15 to May 3
Opening: March 15, 6-8 pm
Green Chalk Contemporary
616 Lighthouse Avenue Monterey, CA 93940
New York - April 24 to June 6
Opening: April 24
Susan Eley Fine Art
46 West 90th Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10024
Washington D.C. - May 1 to June 14
Opening: May 1, 6-9 pm
Gallery Talk: May 4, 2 pm
Kaller Fine Arts
3732 Chesapeake Street, NW Washington, DC 20016
Alexandria, VA - June 26 to August 3
Opening: June 29, 4-6 pm
201 Prince Street Alexandria, VA 22314
January 20, 2014
Photographs by Michele Trombley (BFA 1992) are featured in the group show “Naturally Toledo”, opening at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Community Gallery on Jan. 24.
Inspired by TMA’s major international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, the Community Gallery will be transformed into a sensory experience with two-dimensional and three dimensional works celebrating the natural beauty of the Toledo region.
Exhibition Dates: January 24 to April 24, 2014.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Toledo Museum of Art
2445 Monroe Street, Toledo, OH
January 8, 2014
Bernadette Witzack‘s (MFA 2013) painting “We Can’t Hide Our Asses” was chosen for the National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2014 Exhibition, an outlook and an overview of emerging artists across the United States currently working in the medium of painting. The National Wet Paint MFA Exhibition consists of 46 paintings representing some of the top MFA programs in the country. Artists were selected from a national call which resulted in over 600 submissions.
National Wet Paint MFA Biennial 2014 Exhibition
January 13 to February 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, January 17, 2014 7 - 10 pm
Admission is free and open to the public
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W. 35th Street Chicago, IL 60609
January 8, 2014
In 2013, Patricia Ruiz-Bayon (MFA 1999) presented a performance piece in homage to the 2010 migrant victims of a drug cartel in San Fernando, Mexico.
Last year, I presented a performance as part of a recent series TSVYC-WAVAC, We are all victims and culpable. It is the first part, in which volunteer migrants from Guatemala and El Salvador participated along with me. It is a homage to the migrant victims in 2010 in San Fernando, Mexico, by a drug Cartel. They walk on an infinity symbol painted red, and earth from a corn field in the same town. I washed, dried and anointed their feet with lavender oil.