News & Events
July 31, 2015
NCRC Art is pleased to present the group exhibition “Abstract View: Detroit,” organized by The N’Namdi Center. The exhibition includes a selection of paintings by some of Detroit’s most noted abstract artists, including Stamps alum Alvin Loving (MFA ‘65), the first African-American artist to have a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition also includes work by 2007 Penny Stamps Speaker Series presenter Charles McGee, Allie McGhee, Artis Lane, Anita Bates, MacArthur Binion, Gilda Snowden, M. Saffell Gardner and Jocelyn Rainey.
These works come from the N’Namdi Collection, one of the finest private collections of African American art. The combined works cover more than a century of art in every genre and is anchored by contemporary abstract paintings. The collection can be seen as a legacy investment, which assists in securing the heritage of African American artists.
The N’Namdi Collection
George N’Namdi has been collecting art since he was an undergraduate at Ohio State University in the late 1960s. After receiving a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, he left a successful practice to open his first gallery Jazzonia in Harmonie Park, Detroit, in 1981.The gallery’s name, derived from the Langston Hughes poem of the same name, captures insight into the influences, which inspire the collection and interests of N’Namdi. In 1984 he established the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery. Since then, he has owned galleries in Detroit, Birmingham, Chicago and New York. For N’Namdi, it has been a privilege and a passion to share his collection with the public. The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is located at 52 E. Forest Avenue in Midtown Detroit.
Abstract View: Detroit
June 22 through September 16, 2015
Exhibition Closing Reception: 5 - 7 PM, Wednesday, September 9
U-M North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Rotunda Gallery, Building 18
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor
July 31, 2015
Stamps adjunct faculty Adrian Deva will lecture at Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Kosovo, as part of public presentations for the Summer School as School (SSAS) program.
Summer School as School (SSAS) is a guide and an intervention, stationed in Prishtina, Kosovo, designed to unite and disseminate critical knowledge produced by selected professionals, about exploring and responding on relevant challenges of today, new models and possibilities in art education and art collaboration.
Public presentations at SSAS include presentations by: Adrian Deva, Branislav Dimitrijević, Martin Fritz, Felix Gmelin, Edi Hila, Ibro Hasanović, Vjollca Krasniqi, Nita Luci, Nebojša Milikić, Suzana Milevska, Miran Mohar, Adrian Paci, Amila Ramović, Pepi Sekulich, among others.
The program of public presentations part of Summer School as School begins on July 27 and ends on August 6, 2015.
July 31, 2015
Work by Stamps lecturer Jessica Frelinghuysen is featured in Sampled, a collection of work and works in progress by Frelinghuysen and fellow Cranbrook graduates Corrie Baldauf, Lynn Bennett Carpenter, Annica Cuppetelli, Carrie Dickason, Megan Heeres, Rod Klingelhofer, and Jeremy Noonan. The show opens at at Cave Gallery in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center on Saturday, August 1.
Frelinghuysen was interviewed in the July 29, 2015 edition of the Metro Times, discussing the exhibition, her practice, and life as an artist in Detroit.
I lived in New York in grad school. The ability to have the space that I have for the amount of money that I have it would not be possible there, and also have time to work on my work. Like Patti Smith said — she keeps saying that all artists should move to Detroit and not New York now, that Detroit is what New York was like in the ‘70s. There’s some truth to it. I think once people get into it though, they have to realize that Detroit is not New York.
I think if I had moved back to New York, I wouldn’t have gotten as much interest or exposure with my work as I would as being in Detroit, because there is so much interest in Detroit right now. I’m sure I wouldn’t have shown at the Mattress Factory if I was a New York artist. I wouldn’t have been making the same work.
Opening reception: 6 - 9 pm Saturday, Aug. 1
Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay
Building Four, 3rd floor
“Desert Words,” watercolor, Jessica Frelinghuysen, 2015.
July 30, 2015
Joe Trumpey discussed his family’s off-the-grid lifestyle in an interview on Stateside with Cynthia Canty, produced by Michigan Radio (91.7 FM). Joe and Shelly Trumpey, with daughters Autumn and Evelyn, were named 2015 Homesteaders of the Year in the August/September issue of Mother Earth News magazine.
Living off the grid can be a lot of work, but Joe and Shelly Trumpey and their two daughters have managed it for years. Their home is near Grass Lake in Jackson County. Finished in 2009, the home relies on straw bale insulation, solar power year-round, wood burning in the winter and efficient construction to keep it running.
The home is surrounded by acres of garden and pastures for the family’s sheep, goats, turkeys, rabbits, chickens and ducks.
July 30, 2015
Cathy VanVoorhis’ (MFA 1986) oil painting, Reichert’s Pond in Late Summer, won the juror’s merit award for 2-D work in the Dow Museum of Science and Art’s Greater Michigan Art Exhibit. This exhibit will be on display through Sept. 11, 2015 at the Dow Museum in Midland, MI.
This painting was done in collaboration with South East Michigan Legacy Land Conservancy in the effort to bring public appreciation to sensitive natural landscapes in S.E. Michigan. The Reichert Preserve, with several important wetlands in the Huron River watershed, was set aside two years ago for preservation in its natural state.
July 29, 2015
Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner’s Romance Series is featured in Altered Books – Digital Interventions, an online exhibition by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, curated by Copper Giloth and Hye Yeon Nam.
Altered Books– Digital Interventions celebrates the book as an object that can carry experience, represent language, tell a narrative, convey culture, or archive memory in the context of contemporary arts.
For this ongoing series of work, I combine popular algorithms with traditional romance novels. After scanning all of the covers, I apply Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (originally intended to stitch together photos to make panoramas) to the images to produce dreamy, hybrid landscapes. Because the covers are so similar, the algorithm often finds areas that it believes should overlap. I print these landscapes on porcelain commemorative plates. Each plate also features a Popular Highlight from a romance novel on Kindle.
July 28, 2015
Alisha Wessler (MFA 2013) exhibits a new body of work at Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY) in A Story of a Story, an exhibition curated by Shlomit Dror.
A similar spread of strange objects awaits in Alisha Wessler‘s two table-top installations, though of a distinctly more mystical sort. One includes seedpods, the remains of birds, wasps’ nests, and a squirrel tail, while the other, “After the Soldiers and Shrikes” (2015), consists of a quasi-modernist geometric arrangement of honey locust thorns. (If Walter De Maria hadn’t died, but had merely been miniaturized in a freak shrinking ray accident, he might have made something that looked like this.) Considering these artifacts feels like peering into some foreign culture’s Wunderkammer, or analyzing the evidence gathered at the site of a pagan ritual. The threat of violence lurking in the beautiful honey locust thorns is not merely a product of their incredible sharpness and presentation reminiscent of arrowheads in a history museum; the thorns were used by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War to pin together their tattered uniforms, and the small carnivorous birds called shrikes are known to impale their prey on them. These stories might be impossible to discern without the helpful wall text provided, but the elegance and simplicity of “After the Soldiers and Shrikes” is deeply satisfying as its own formal end.
July 28, 2015
Ruth Weisberg’s (B.S.DES ‘63, M.A., ‘64) career, influences, and work are discussed in a Huffington Post essay by John Seed. Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time, a survey of Weisberg’s art and legacy, is on display at L.A.‘s Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc. through August 29.
Weisberg’s current exhibition - Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time - offers the opportunity to view and consider a selection of her key works. Most are drawings and prints, along with a single mixed media painting on canvas. “I see painting and drawing as tremendously inter-related,” Weisberg comments, “and printmaking has always been very important to me.” The show has been hung to forefront pairings of works and relationships between themes, and works that might have been made decades apart are often seen in close proximity.
Ruth Weisberg: Reflections Through Time
June 13 - August 29th, 2015
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Inc.
357 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Waterbourne, 1973, Color Lithograph, 30 1/4 x 42 1/4 inches
July 28, 2015
Over fifty photographs by Richard Burd (BA 1965) are featured in Burd’s Eye View, an exhibition at Harbor Country Progress Gallery in Union Pier, MI.
For decades Burd’s photographs have delighted, intrigued and surprised viewers throughout the Midwest. Dick and his wife, Ginny, live in Bridgman.
Burd’s Eye View
Harbor Country Progress Gallery
16142 Red Arrow Hwy., Union Pier, MI
July 24, 2015
Images/GIF by Matthew Leifheit, VICE.com
Seven years in the making, this book is the latest and most ambitious part of a series that began with The Every Piece Of Art In The Museum Of Modern Art, which included drawings of every piece of art that was visible to the public at the museum from January 19 to January 31, 2005, and An Entire Bag of Popcorn, where I drew every individual kernel in a microwave bag of popcorn.
Read a recent interview about Jason’s process and the Every Person in New York project on Vice.com.