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Jon Verney: Solfatara

September 25, 2017

Work by Jon Verney (MFA 2016) is on view in a new solo exhibition opening Tuesday, September 26 at Adrian College’s Valade Gallery.

Valade Gallery at Adrian College is pleased to announce the opening of Solfatara, a solo exhibition of new work by Jon Verney. Solfatara explores notions of flux, transformation, and transcendence through an engagement with landscape and materiality.

The show is on display and open to the public through October 25th, with an opening reception on Tuesday, September 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Verney will deliver an artist talk at 6 pm.

Solfatara
Exhibition Dates: September 26 - October 25
Exhibition Opening: Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-7:30 pm; Artist Talk at 6 pm.

Valade Gallery
Shipman Library, Adrian College
110 South Madison Street
Adrian, Michigan, MI 49221

 

Jon Verney: Solfatara

Rebekah Modrak: ArtPrize Work Featured, Awarded

September 25, 2017

Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak’s ArtPrize Nine work, The Implicit Jacques Panis on Shinola’s Quest to Revive American Manufacturing, has been awarded a Jurors Special Recognition Award by the Fountain Street Church, an ArtPrize venue dedicated to social justice.

Modrak’s work has also been featured in recent Detroit News and Detroit Free Press articles on ArtPrize Nine.

In a reminder that art can be political, University of Michigan art professor Rebekah Modrak’s short video takes dead aim at a company that prides itself on boosting Detroit — Shinola.

“The Implicit Jacques Panis on Shinola’s Quest to Revive American Manufacturing” takes an existing promotional video starring Panis, Shinola’s president, and alters it to cast him in a series of colonialist guises.

ArtPrize Nine opens Wednesday with 1,346 artists | Detroit News

Rebekah Modrak, ‘The Implicit Jacques Panis on Shinola’s Quest to Revive American Manufacturing’

This thought-provoking video piece is, on a straightforward level, a critique of the Shinola company’s use of its Detroit roots to project authenticity while producing watches that are wildly unaffordable for most of the city’s residents. The Ann Arbor artist uses a Shinola promo video featuring Panis, the company’s president, to whose image she adds a shifting series of animated hats, each alluding to a period of historical conquest, as a wider statement on class, oppression and appropriation.

ArtPrize 2017: Metro Detroit artists shine at massive competition in Grand Rapids

Rebekah Modrak: ArtPrize Work Featured, Awarded

Melanie Manos Exhibits at FiLia Conference, London

September 25, 2017

Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos’ video “Studio Tidiness” will be featured as part of FiLia 2017, taking place from October 14 - 15 at the Institute of Education in London, U.K.  Manos created the video while Artist in Residence at The MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire.

FiLiA is women-run and women-led focusing on networking, activism, and policy as well as academic discourse. The annual conference supports 1,000 attendees who gather to network and share important work happening globally to support the liberation of women and girls.

Melanie Manos Exhibits at FiLia Conference, London

Jennifer Krause Chapeau: 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize Finalist

September 25, 2017

Jennifer Krause Chapeau (BFA 1984) has been selected as one of 12 finalists for the 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize. The prize is awarded to the emerging artist of the year, and the winner receives 25,000 euros and a solo exhibition at Galerie Herve Lancelin in Luxembourg. Jennifer will be in the finalists group show at Galerie Herve Lancelin which runs from September 23 - November 4, 2017. The laureate will be announced at the opening, on the evening of September 23.

https://www.luxembourgartprize.com/en/

Jennifer Krause Chapeau: 2017 Luxembourg Art Prize Finalist

9/21 John Lewis “March” Talk Rescheduled to 11/27

September 19, 2017

Due to an emergency meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Thursday, September 21 Penny Stamps Speaker Series event featuring Congressman John Lewis and MARCH co-creators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell was postponed earlier this month. We are excited to announce a rescheduled date and a larger venue for the talk: Monday, November, 27 at 7 pm in Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium (825 N. University Ave.). This free and public event will offer open seating on a first come, first serve basis.  Full information: http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/detail/john-lewis

Additionally, there will be a free public screening of Get In the Way on Thursday, September 21 at 5:10 pm in the Michigan Theater. This 2017 PBS documentary chronicles the life and work of Congressman John Lewis and is presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television (DPTV). More on the screening: http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/detail/screening_get_in_the_way

The keynote talk is co-presented by the International Institute’s Conflict and Peace Initiative and the King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Professors Program. The Conflict and Peace Initiative is funded by the International Institute Enterprise Fund. Its focus is to build a cross-disciplinary approach to peace and conflict studies that engages, challenges, and inspires new audiences. The Conflict and Peace Initiative is hosting meet-ups with MARCH illustrator Nate Powell on Tuesday, November 28 as well as a series of Fall 2017 social justice events, including a comics contest. Details of these events will be announced on the Marching Forward website: https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/marchingforward/

About the Speaker Series Event

Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell: MARCH
Monday, November, 27, 7 pm – Hill Auditorium
John Lewis is a civil rights leader and an American politician, serving Georgia’s 5th district since 1987. In 2013, Lewis co-wrote MARCH, a three-part graphic novel trilogy about the story of his civil rights activism with Andrew Aydin; the novel is illustrated by Nate Powell. More: http://stamps.umich.edu/stamps/detail/john-lewis

9/21 John Lewis “March” Talk Rescheduled to 11/27

Rebekah Modrak: Book Publication and International Launch

September 19, 2017

Rebekah Modrak: Book Publication and International Launch

Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing, has just published #exstrange: A CURATORIAL INTERVENTION ON EBAY. The book documents the #exstrange project, curated by Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology Professor Marialaura Ghidini. Over 80 contemporary artists and designers created as auctions-as-artworks for the project on eBay using the elements of the auction listing as tools of production.

The book features essays and interviews by prominent cultural critic Mark Dery, journalist Rob Walker, critic Miriam La Rosa, curator Gaia Tedone, and media scholar Padma Chirumamilla.

#exstrange book launches around the world will celebrate the DIY spirit of the project in circumventing traditional art gatekeeping. The first event has already taken place in Berlin, Germany. Upcoming launches are planned for Mexico City (Mexico); Barcelona (Spain); Hong Kong; Melbourne (Australia); Providence (RI, USA); London (UK); and Calgary (Alberta, Canada). For updates about events, visit the #exstrange Facebook page.

Locally, Professor Modrak will host an event at Literati bookstore in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm, with #exstrange participants Sophia Brueckner (Assistant Professor, Stamps School), Masimba Hwati (MFA candidate, Stamps School), Fred Feinberg (Professor, Ross School of Business), and Padma Chirumamilla (PhD candidate, School of Information) describing their contributions to the project.

REBEKAH MODRAK & CONTRIBUTORS: #EXSTRANGE
Tuesday, October 10 at 7pm
Literati Bookstore
124 E Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Rebekah Modrak: Book Publication and International Launch

Jordyn Fishman: ArtPrize 9 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

September 19, 2017

Penny Stamps School of Art & Design junior Jordyn Fishman will be exhibiting her work, Income Inequality, Imagine, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in ArtPrize 9.  The exhibition is on display from September 13 - October 15, 2017.

Income Inequality, Imagine
We all have to step back and look what we’ve done. And I say “we” cause it’s not one. This world runs on money and power. It starts at the home and where that’s at. Whether it’s concrete or grass, it’s all based on class, separated by color, collar, and dollar. The lines separating our yards are the same ones that guard the access to great education in this nation. Keeping the people from learning keeps them from earning. If you don’t have the proper label, sometimes you can’t get a job that’s stable. It’s unequal opportunity that prevents us from finding unity. We strive and thrive for paper that’s not real. We got sucked into this big game and it’s a shame. Don’t blame but let’s find a new name. A name called Love. What if we could run off this? I know they’ve tried. But I’m going to give my best shot cause this is all we got. Unclench that fist, there is no order and no borders. Join us and maybe we can find more unity from community to community.

Jordyn’s work has been featured in recent press articles:

Jordyn Fishman: Income Inequality, Imagine
September 13 - October 15, 2017
Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

Jordyn Fishman: ArtPrize 9 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Rebekah Modrak Launches RETHINK SHINOLA

September 19, 2017

Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak has launched RETHINK SHINOLA, a new artwork critiquing the branding messages publicized by the company Shinola. Shinola’s name is “a nod” to the former shoe polish company that promoted their product using racist caricatures of African Americans. The “new” Shinola planted itself in Detroit and leverages and profiteers from the extreme conditions and image of the city. It creates representations of Patriarchal whiteness to enforce perceptions of their “leadership,” and circulates images of Black employees being grateful for this so-called governance.

RETHINK SHINOLA is meant to be viewed on larger browser windows, and is not visible on cell phones or small tablets.

Several members of the Stamps community assisted Modrak with this work. Current Stamps student Beth Reeck and Stamps alums Hayden Nickel, Abby Clemens, Sophie Goldberg, and Sarah Posner worked on stills for the “Implicit Jacques Panis on Shinola’s Quest to Revive American Manufacturing” video, and alum Joey Ostrander filmed and edited the videos. Current MFA student Masimba Hwati is contributing to writing about the project. Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of Michigan, Rob Najarian, performed the role of Jacques Panis for The Shinola Lecture.

Rebekah Modrak Launches RETHINK SHINOLA

Cooper Holoweski at Dlectricity

September 19, 2017

Cooper Holoweski (BFA 2004) will screen As Above, So Below, his new, two-channel video, at the Dlectricity festival this year.  Dlectricity is an outdoor media arts festival in midtown Detroit that takes place Sept. 22nd and 23rd from 7pm to midnight.  Holoweski’s piece will be projected on the Detroit Institute of Arts at the corner of Kirby and John R.

As Above, So Below | Dlectricity

Cooper Holoweski at Dlectricity

Maize Collective: Cookout/First Mass Meeting

September 17, 2017

Maize Collective, an inclusive music organization that merges industry education and community building into one experience, is having a mass meeting and cookout on Saturday, September 23.

Come for food, music, and good people. Saturday, September 23 from 1-3pm at 1016 S Forest Ave.

For more information, please visit: maizecollective.com.