February 5, 2014
On February 15, 2014, Stamps School of Art & Design Lecturer Kathryn Brackett Luchs will speak about her most recent works at DAM (Detroit Artists Market) that are currently on view in 3: Kathryn Brackett Luchs, Lois Teicher, Marie Woo. This three person Artist Talk begins at 11:00 AM and will be moderated by Sharon Zimmerman of the Kresge Foundation. The Detroit Artists Market is located at 4719 Woodward Avenue in Detroit - several blocks south of The Detroit Institute of Arts.
For more information, visit http://detroitartistsmarket.org/
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 second exhibition in UMMA’s Flip Your Field series is guest curated Larry Cressman, artist and Professor of Art at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the Residential College.
The UMMA Flip Your Field series asks noted University of Michigan faculty members to consider artwork outside their field of specialization in order to guest curate an exhibition using works from UMMA’s renowned collection. The UMMA Flip Your Field series is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Drawing from UMMA’s extensive collection of photographs, Cressman will present two contrasting arrangements of photographic imagery. The first is a salon style display of many different images, all focused on one distinct subject: trees. The grouping represents traditional photography, showing the artists’ use of the medium in a straightforward way.
In contrast, the second arrangement presents a collection of photographs that have been uniquely manipulated by each artist, using aspects of the photographic process to create individual statements. With the ubiquitous cell phone camera, photography has become integrated into our everyday lives more than ever before–and with the ease of manipulating photographic imagery through digital means, it becomes especially interesting to view these photographs from the collection in a new light.
Flip Your Field: Photography from the Collection
Curated by Larry Cressman
December 7, 2013 – March 16, 2014
Art review: UMMA’s ‘Flip Your Field’ challenges photographer beyond comfort zone - MLive.com
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 29, 2014
CAA Panel: Stamps School of Art and Design + School of the Art Institute
Friday, February 14th at 2:30
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue
Sponsored through the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at SAIC, faculty from both the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will partner in presenting a panel on Friday, February 14th to coincide with the annual College Art Association (CAA) conference being held in Chicago from February 12-15, 2014.
The proposed panel event is intended to bring together artists, designers, and cultural practitioners from each of the two schools who have an interest in further articulating the particular research cultures that emerge and evolve in relation to contemporary art and design practices. With the burgeoning contemporary international discourse concerning the role of research in the art and design fields, particularly as support grows for funded research projects in the humanities and aesthetic practice continues to be academicised through the creation of doctoral degree programs, it is important to create opportunities to engage in discussion and debate on the particular methods, modes, and means of research used by cultural professionals. By focusing on practitioners’ own definitions and interrogations of the individualised, academic and para-academic strategies they employ, the panel discussion hopes to broaden and question the definitions of “research” that have traditionally been formulated by the academy.
Stamps School and SAIC faculty will engage in previous campus and studio visits in order to familiarize themselves with each others’ work prior to the panel. The panel will take place in the SAIC Ballroom and will be moderated by Dean Guna Nadarajan (Stamps School) and Rebecca Duclos (SAIC), with an introduction from Douglas Pancoast, Director of the Shapiro Center. The four participating faculty are Matthew Kenyon and Anne Mondro (University of Michigan) and Ruth Margraff and Shawn Decker (SAIC).
CAA PANEL: STAMPS SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN + SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
- Pre-select four practitioners (two from each school)
- Invite faculty to identify and focus on one of their projects that is currently ongoing or is being initiated
- Over subsequent months faculty self-reflexively track and document the iterative aspects/recursive phases of the project as it unfolds, evolves, morphs, shifts, and/or coalesces
- The colloquium becomes a presentation of “notes from the field” – a revealing of the “messy practice” that embodies the organic manifestation of a research process that may or may not have resulted in project completion
- Invite four practitioners (two from each school) to select a completed project
- Projects are reviewed to highlight the specific research-related reconfigurations that emerged during the project’s development and dissemination
- Within this single project, invite faculty to focus on three or four “hinge moments” which significantly changed the scope, scale, direction, content, context, form, presentation, interpretation, etc., of the project
- Each colloquium presentation is structured around a discussion of the three or four nodes and what they reveal about the mutability of a practice affected by research
- Pre-select four practitioners (two from each school) and invite the institutional pair to meet with one another ahead of the colloquium. In this meeting (a studio visit is ideal) each faculty chooses to focus on a particular research-based project which is discussed in-depth with their partner.
- During the colloquium, each pair briefly introduces their projects to the public audience. Partners interview each other “live” about the research processes that were part of the chosen projects.
- Comparatively and/or complementarily, the four projects are put in dialogue with each other and through the interview session, faculty present the research methods and modes they share in common and those that are unique to their work
Modes | Means | Methods
- Invite four practitioners (two from each school) to think not about a single project, but to scan a number of research-driven projects that have been carried out over the years
- The moderator-led colloquium becomes an opportunity for faculty to think through their individual research methodologies as they articulate the particular methods, modes, or means that seem to re-appear and transform across a number of projects
- Pre-select four practitioners (two from each school) who are contacted ahead of time by the moderator leading the colloquium panel
- The four participants select a single project and are interviewed in-depth by the moderator about the research aspects of their particular chosen work
- During the colloquium, presenters provide a brief overview of the project in question to the public audience who may additionally be given a handout with some key quotations gathered during the prior interview process
- The moderator poses a few targeted questions to each participant or across the panel to focus the discussion on research practices before the remainder of the session is turned over to a Q+A discussion with the audience
January 24, 2014
For Madiba with Love! Photographs of Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle, 1985-2013
Exhibition Dates: January 27th - February 14th
Opening Reception: January 28, 4:30 pm
Update: this opening reception will take place as scheduled, despite the cancellation of classes on January 28.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, North Campus
For Madiba with Love! Photographs of Nelson Mandela and the South African Struggle, 1985-2013, features photos by Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer David Turnley (Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design), who has been a friend of the Mandela family and has covered the South African struggle for the last thirty years.
The exhibit is on display in the Duderstadt Center Gallery Monday through Friday, 12-6 pm, and Sunday, 12-5 pm, in the Duderstadt Center Gallery. Images from the exhibit are also on display in the North Lobby of the Hatcher Graduate Library through February.
This exhibit is sponsored by the U-M Library, the College of Engineering, the Center for African Studies, Residential College, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Office of the Provost.
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 21, 2014
Second Nature, a solo exhibition by Katie St. Clair, opens Jan. 28th at the School for Natural Resources and Environment.
Due to inclement weather conditions, the opening reception and artist’s talk will be postponed until a later date. Please check http://www.snre.umich.edu/gallery for details.
Katie St. Clair is currently in her final year as an MFA candidate at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
My large scale landscapes weave layers of paint into fragmented photo collages of highly detailed images of nature. I gather these images from my natural surroundings and, most recently, from roadside locations that challenge my assumptions about where nature is most vibrantly manifested.
Drainage ditches, land between gas stations and street medians are places that breed uncertainty. They are largely ignored boundary lands, gathering the detritus of our culture into a tentative wildness. Unless we have a reason to be in these places, they are glanced over, forgotten, lost, or just never found. Children see the possibility of these places; in adulthood it takes open eyes, imagination and a willingness to explore that is rare. Every day I expand my awareness of this territory and submerge myself in experiences that inform my thinking.
In the details of my work there is a meeting place of constructed human spaces and natural environments. I complicate the interaction by cutting into the images, so it takes longer to read them. A collage is a layering of experiences, most of which are felt and not seen in their absence. Images that hold tense conversations, textures that rub shoulders, and the weaving composition that holds these complexities while also guiding direction. These choices create an atmosphere, in spatial form rather than linear understanding.
I believe that displacement shows us things we may have overlooked. The title Second/Nature derives from my process of giving these images a new space to be investigated. When we become aware of all the subtleties around us, we open our senses to a new world and ways of seeing.
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