September 10, 2014
Endi Poskovic exhibits in the Big Picture Show at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. Curated by the International Print Center New York in partnership Jones Lang LaSalle, the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery presents the Big Picture Show, an exhibition of contemporary prints by artists originally shown at IPCNY in New Prints shows. Artists in the exhibition are Polly Apfelbaum, John Baldessari, A.J. Bocchino, Ann Conner, John Robert Craft, Jeffrey Dell, Tânia Bandeira Duarte, Carroll Dunham, Kevin Frances, Beth Ganz, Bryan Nash Gill, Joanne Greenbaum, Torrie Groening, Imi Hwangbo, Mel Kendrick, Jane Kent, Joyce Kozloff, Nicola López, Martin Mazorra, S.V. Medaris, Julie Mehretu, Beatriz Milhazes, Steven Millar, Serena Perrone, Endi Poskovic, Jenny Robinson, Richard Ryan, Tomas Vu, Sandy Walker and Terry Winters.
Organized three times a year, New Print Shows form the core of IPCNY’s programming. Each of the exhibitions is selected by an independent jury sorting through thousands of submissions ranging from self-published artists to international print workshops and publishers.
The Big Picture Show
1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Between 51st and 52nd Street, New York City
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Opening Reception: September 8th, 2014; 6-8pm
On View: September 8 - December 5, 2014
September 3, 2014
In the Dark and The Smitten Mitten Audio Collective present The Poetry of Places: an evening of creative audio
Saturday September 13, 7:30-9:00 PM
Matrix Theatre, 2730 Bagley St, Detroit
Join curators from the UK’s celebrated In The Dark series for an evening of unforgettable listening — radio documentaries, soundscapes, creative audio from some of the world’s most innovative audio producers. Hang on to your seats as we travel to faraway places. Think of it as movies for your ears.
About the presenters:
‘In the Dark’ is the UK’s major spoken word audio and live listening organization. Over the past five years they have commissioned new works from producers around the world, and staged countless live listening events all over Europe. In the Dark aims to create a mini-revolution in the way people think about spoken-word radio by lifting it out of its traditional settings and celebrating it in new and exciting ways.
‘The Smitten Mitten Audio Collective’ is a group of audio artists and radio journalists based in Detroit and Ann Arbor who meet to share inspiration and workshop creative projects. They exist to nourish, assist and inspire one another, and the general public, through the creation of thought provoking, convention bending audio.
Arrive early, seating is limited.
Directions to the Matrix Theatre
Parking is attached to the Theatre’s property.
This event is made free and open to the public thanks to support from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.
September 3, 2014
T.J. O’Keefe (BFA 2004) has released two new furniture designs: the CIRCUIT lounge chair and the LOOP side table and console. Made of a series of loops that intersect in strategic places to form its structure, the CIRCUIT lounge chair challenges perception and form. Its multiple planes of lines visually overlap to create new and interesting graphic compositions from every angle.
The LOOP side table and console are about repetition, continuous loops, and critical points of intersection. Using one single form of material, the LOOP tables explore the space and graphic qualities of intersecting lines.
To learn more and see images of CIRCUIT and LOOP, visit http://www.tjokeefe.com.
September 3, 2014
At their annual awards ceremony in LA last week, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles named David Turnley the Best New Filmmaker of the Year 2013, and his film Shenandoah was named the Best Feature Documentary of the Year.
An epic feature documentary film about a coal mining town with a proud immigrant heritage, once pivotal in fueling America’s industrial revolution and today in decline and struggling to survive and retain its identity, soul and values - all of which were dramatically challenged when four of the town’s white, star football players were charged in the beating death of an undocumented Mexican immigrant named Luis Ramirez. Shenandoah creates a deeply felt portrait of a working class community, and the American Dream on trial.
September 3, 2014
David Turnley recently opened his retrospective tribute exhibit to Nelson Mandela and the struggle in South Africa at the University of Stellenbosch Art Museum, and lectured both at the University of Stellenbosch and at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
For Madiba with Love – Photographs by David Turnley
Stellenbosch University Museum, 57 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch South Africa
It was as a 13-year-old boy growing up in the American Midwest of 1968, around the time of Dr Martin Luther King’s assassination, that photographer David Turnley first heard the word “apartheid” – and the name Nelson Mandela.
His father, who had protested the invitation extended to two pro-racism speakers by the local Rotary Club, had explained the term and told him about the imprisoned Mr Mandela. Little could that impressionable lad have imagined that, two decades later, he would become a close personal friend of the Mandela family, and document South Africa’s transition to democracy from a very special vantage point.
This incredible journey, and more specifically the period between 1985 and 1995, is the subject of For Madiba with Love, Turnley’s new exhibition.
In 1980 Turnley began photographing race issues in Detroit, “no more opportune” a place to document the ongoing civil rights situation in America – including race riots, and the de facto racial segregation of black inner cities and white suburbia. Five years later apartheid had become an international issue, and Turnley’s attention was drawn to South Africa.
“The country was exploding,” he recalls, arriving at a time when South Africa was in deep crisis. The national state of emergency was in force, and the country was torn by violent conflict and brutal State suppression of opposition to apartheid.
As he documented what he saw, and observed the intricacies of racial politics in South Africa, Turnley says that “what I think interested me was the daily humiliations, the nuances of ... this racial relationship”.
A year later, in late 1989, things had changed again, and the apartheid government – aware of momentous things looming – invited him to return to South Africa and document what was to happen. Turnley would be one of those fortunate photographers who captured a jubilant Mr Mandela walking out of Victor Verster Prison with his wife, and his first public appearance on the steps of the Cape Town City Hall a few hours later. He was also in the Mandela home in Soweto when Mr Mandela took his first meal there in decades, along with the Sisulus and Ahmed Kathrada.
“I spent so much time with Madiba,” he says of the ensuing years, covering Mr Mandela on the campaign trail, the first democratic elections in 1994, and Mr Mandela’s presidency, retirement and family life. “I’ve really been photographing the family for 30 years.”
September 2, 2014
Maryanne Simmons’ (BFA 1971) Wildwood Press is proud to become a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). Wildwood Press will celebrate this membership in Miami during Art Basel, December 3rd to 7th, by showcasing work by Wildwood Press artists. The featured artists will be Valerie Hammond, Michele Oka Doner, and David Shapiro.
Hammond’s exhibited work will be from her series “Gang of Girls,” each of the 13 images is named for a woman who was an early Christian mystic. Oka Doner’s work will be shown in advance of her upcoming solo exhibition at the Perez Art Museum in 2016 entitled “How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air.” (Doner will also design the costumes for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Miami ballet in 2016.) Shapiro had been working on six editions at Wildwood Press before his death in April. All six editions will be presented.
September 2, 2014
Works by Endi Poskovic are included the 2nd International Printmaking Triennial to be held in the National Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić in Belgrade Kalemegdan, during September and October 2014. Organized by the Association of Artists of Serbia, ULUS, the Triennial provides the public with an insight into the contemporary global developments in this field of visual arts and fosters a cooperation with a number of cultural institutions in Serbia and from across the world.
Art Pavilion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Mali Kalemegdan 1, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 4, 2014
ULUS Art Gallery,Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade
Graphic Collective Gallery, Obilićev Venac Street, Belgrade
Centre for Graphic Arts and Visual Research, Pariska Street, Belgrade
2nd International Printmaking Triennale opens next week
September 2, 2014
A chapter about the work of Endi Poskovic is featured in the new book Low-Tech Print: Contemporary Handmade Printing (Laurence King Publisher, London). Williamson’s book explores the different print methods used by creative practitioners, and featuring a global showcase of some 100 of the most exciting and influential practitioners in print media.
Low-Tech Print is an exploration of hand-made printmaking techniques and how they are used in contemporary design and illustration. It examines the huge recent resurgence in the popularity of printmaking, with chapters on screen-printing, letterpress, relief printing and other printing methods. These chapters are followed by the final section that reviews various experimental techniques used for specific types of work. Curated by Caspar Williamson, a London-based designer, illustrator, printmaker and author, the book also profiles each practitioner and unveils their inspirations behind their exclusive projects.
Reviews of the book can be found on Printeresting and People of Print.
September 1, 2014
The Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., is exhibiting books and paintings by Debra Golden (BFA ’79) from Sept. 30th, 2013 -Jan. 15, 2014. It will include flutter books with poetry, tunnel books inspired by Golden’s work in set design, and house shaped books with watercolors and collage.
August 31, 2014
In her first full year as the graphic designer for Michigan Athletics, Emma Bumstead (BFA 2011) has taken on an expanded role and has had the opportunity to design season posters for all sports, including football. Bumstead has had a direct role in creating and implementing a visual theme for the upcoming football, basketball, and hockey seasons—all stemming from their unique poster designs. Michigan Athletics is striving to create a more seamless experience for fans, so attendees of a football game will see tickets, informational guides, shirts, cups and mugs, and larger facility graphics such as column wraps and light pole banners of a consistent look and feel.