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Heidi Kumao: Work Featured at Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibition

March 28, 2017

Heidi Kumao’s work will be featured in the exhibition, Whipstitch: The State of Contemporary Textiles, at the Ann Arbor Art Center, running March 31 to April 29, 2017.

The show explores myriad present-day departures from the foundations of textile construction and use.  Co-curated by Ann Arbor-based Thea Augustina Eck (Stamps MFA) and Brooklyn-based Rachel Anna Walker, this exhibition opens in the Art Center’s 117 Gallery on March 31 with a kick-off party from 6:00 to 9:00pm, free and open to the public.

The curatorial inquiry of this show by Eck and Walker asks how long-time textile traditions are being innovated in today’s artist studios. The products of their inquiry, for instance, show nuances in the definition of ‘textile,’ collisions of tech and bio sciences in fiber arts, and historical through lines of quilting and embroidery techniques in America.

The curators will be present for a gallery talk on Saturday, April 8 at 11am, free and open to the public. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
For more information about the exhibition, visit http://annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions.

Ann Arbor Art Center
117 W. Liberty St.,
Ann Arbor, MI. 48104
(734) 994-8004

Heidi Kumao: Work Featured at Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibition

Irina Aristarkhova Co-organizes Global Silicon Valley Symposium

March 28, 2017

Shenzhen and Skolkovo: Contested Innovation in the Global Silicon Valley is a symposium co-organized by and featuring Stamps Professor Irina Aristarkhova, presented with support from the Stamps School of Art & Design, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Information, and the International Institute. The symposium takes place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 9-5 pm. From 8:30-noon, the symposium will unfold at North Quad Space 2435 (105 S State Street). From 2-5:30, the symposium will unfold in the art & Architecture Building, Room 2147 (2000 Bonisteel Blvd).

Over the last 5 years, the manufacturing region surrounding Shenzhen has transformed in the global tech imaginary from a site of cheap and copycat production into a rising innovation hub often dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Hardware.” From the MIT Media Lab to Chinese trade policy, various stakeholders are investing in the future of Shenzhen that fuels China’s broader ambitions to overcome its image as the world’s factory, into a global design innovator. In Russia, the desire to build its own Silicon Valley is being realized near Moscow and named after a village nearby: Skolkovo. It follows Russian officials’ and academics’ visit to Silicon Valley in California, including Apple’s campus in Cupertino, led by former President and current Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev in 2010. The Russian government hopes that Skolkovo will become a blueprint for moving Russia away from the extraction-based economy towards the one based on innovation. Innovation, however, is a highly-contested term, not only because it is used to assert geopolitical interests of each country that invests in it, but also because it expresses values of human creativity and ingenuity that are not just utilitarian (solving existing problems), but also, future-oriented: innovative products and services change the way we communicate, live, and organize ourselves socially and culturally. This symposium brings together a cross-regional Chinese-Russian research collaboration to study the spatial ecology and the current products that come from the two places - Shenzhen and Skolkovo – within the disciplinary context of material culture studies, design, art, new media theory, and embed such cross-regional methodology in our teaching.

Shenzhen and Skolkovo: Contested Innovation in the Global Silicon Valley
April 6, 9am - 5pm

8:30 am - noon: North Quad, Space 2435, 105 S State Street
2:00 - 5:30 pm: Art & Architecture building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

Irina Aristarkhova Co-organizes Global Silicon Valley Symposium

Cathy VanVoorhis Exhibits at Saginaw Art Museum

March 28, 2017

Work by Stamps Lecturer Cathy VanVoorhis is included in the invitational exhibit, Artumentary, at Saginaw Art Museum from March 31 - June 10, 2017. The exhibit features work completed by artists at the Golden Apple Artist Residency in Harrington, Maine.

Artumentary
Exhibition Dates: March 31 - June 10, 2017.
Opening reception: Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 pm

Saginaw Art Museum
1126 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, Michigan 48602

Cathy VanVoorhis Exhibits at Saginaw Art Museum

Irina Aristarkhova Co-organizes Lectures in Russian Architecture, Design, and Urbanism

March 28, 2017

In conjunction with the International Institute at the University of Michigan, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is a proud co-sponsor of two lectures on Russian Architecture, Design, and Urbanism. Co-organized by Stamps School Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova, the lectures will take place on Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5 in the Art & Architecture Auditorium.

Grasping a Post-Socialist Agenda for Architecture: Design as Political Yeast
Speaker:  Sergei Sitar
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 12-1:30 pm
Art & Architecture Auditorium
Room 2104, Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd

The recollection of Sergei Sitar’s personal and professional experience, from his studying in LA’s SCI-Arc in 1991-92, and up to participating in establishing a new architectural school MARCH in Moscow, is meant to serve as a starting point for a broader discussion on the political influence of art, architecture and design; the specificity of Russia’s (postsocialist) urban and cultural landscape – in comparison with that of the US and Western Europe; the changing role of urban planning, architectural media and professional associations.

Sergey Sitar is an architect, urbanist, critic and editor of the Theory Section of Project International magazine and leader of the History and Theory module at MARCH School of Architecture.

Buromoscow: Scales of Operation
Speakers: Olga Aleksakova & Julia Burdova
Wednesday, April 5, 6-8 pm
Art & Architecture Auditorium
Room 2104, Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd

Russian architecture and planning reality is undergoing meaningful changes that are rarely noticed and discussed within the common architectural agenda. In the 25 years of market economy, a new generation of architects and planners emerged in Russia. The rigid soviet planning system is slowly giving way to participatory models. Public space became a topic of heated public discussion and generous cityinvestment sector. Millions of square meters of housing have been built, testing to the limit the soviet traditional prefabrication model. The microrayon heritage has been explored and re-evaluated. Julia Burdova and Olga Aleksakova, partners at Buromoscow, will talk about changes happening in Russia with the examples of their work.

Olga Aleksakova, Dipl ing, CMA, SBR. Graduated from TU Delft in 1998. From 1998 till 2004 she worked in OMA Rottedam. Founded Buromoscow in 2004. Julia Burdova, Arch, CMA. Graduated from MARCHI faculty of Urban Planning in 1997. Founded Buromoscow in 2004.

Irina Aristarkhova Co-organizes Lectures in Russian Architecture, Design, and Urbanism

Heidi Kumao: Film Featured at “Experiments in Cinema” Festival

March 27, 2017

Heidi Kumao’s film, “Swallowed Whole,” will be screened in the 12th Experiments in Cinema film festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The festival runs April 18 - 23, 2017.

Kumao’s film will be screened in “Experiment 1” on Tuesday, April 18 at 3:00 pm at Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Avenue NE Albuquerque, NM - (505) 255-1848.

Each year, “Experiments in Cinema” brings the international community of cinematic un-dependents to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for a film festival that is designed to inspire a new generation of homegrown media activists to participate in shaping future trends of cultural representation. 

In addition to presenting a wide range of international screenings, EIC also hosts live multi-media performances, interactive projects, lectures, discussion groups, hands-on workshops and a program of films produced by New Mexican Middle and High School students.

The annual celebration of all things un-dependently cinematic is produced by Basement Films. Basement Films is one of the few remaining first wave micro-cinemas left in the United States that has been supporting underrepresented forms of media since 1991.

Heidi Kumao: Film Featured at “Experiments in Cinema” Festival

Charles Fairbanks: ‘The Modern Jungle’ at AAFF

March 23, 2017

The Modern Jungle, a feature-length documentary by Charles Fairbanks (MFA 2010), will screen in competition at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival on Friday, March 24. A story of globalization filtered through the fever dream of a Mexican shaman, THE MODERN JUNGLE is also an intimate portrait of Zoque culture, commodity fetish, and the predicament of documentary.

The film has shown in Switzerland, Mexico, Poland and Iran; it won a jury award at the Slamdance Film Festival, and will soon show at Ambulante in Mexico City, the Atlanta Film Festival, and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (NYC) as part of Art of the Real.

Ann Arbor Film Festival screening: Friday March 24, 5pm - Michigan Theater screening room

For more information, visit:

The Modern Jungle | A Film by Charles Fairbanks and Saul Kak and The Modern Jungle / La Selva Negra | Facebook.

Charles Fairbanks: ‘The Modern Jungle’ at AAFF

Student Work Featured in AAFF ‘Out There’ Competition

March 23, 2017

Stamps students Layla Abdul-Jabbar, Elle Leung, Jen Huang, Heidi Liu, Vicki Liu, and Sarah McNamara are featured in the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s “Out There” three-minute animation competition. The competition, a partnership with the Women’s Caucus for Art, Michigan, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, asked animators to show what’s off the grid, in outer space or inner depths, and what is normally invisible, unspoken, or off limits. Competition winners include:

  • Heidi Liu, “Clean Hands”, 1:59
  • Heidi and Vicki Liu, “Urchin”, 1.09
  • Heidi Liu, “No Sass”, .58
  • Layla Abdul-Jabbar, “Don’t Hide from Me”, 1.08
  • Sarah McNamara, “Oceans Missed”, 1.28
  • Elle Leung & Jen Huang, “Terr”, 2.58
  • Vicki Liu, “Traces”, 1.30
  • Collin Leix, “Interface”, 2.06

A loop of “Out There” winners will be shown as a part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Off The Screen! programming at North Quad Space 2435 throughout the duration of the festival during these hours:  Tuesday, March 21 from 2 - 6 pm; Wednesday, March 22 - Friday, March 24 from 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday, March 25 from 10 am - 4 pm; and Sunday, March 26 from 10 am - 4pm.

There will be a reception for all exhibitions at North Quad on Tuesday, March 21st, from 3-5pm. Refreshments will be served.

Learn more and view the animations at the MIWCA blog and the WCAMichigan Facebook page.

Pinar Yoldas: ‘Artificial Intelligence for Governance’ at AAFF

March 23, 2017

Artificial Intelligence for Governance: Al the Kitty, a film by Witt Visiting Artist Pinar Yoldas, will be featured in the Ann Arbor Film Festival with screenings on Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25. 

It is the year 2039. An artificial intelligence with the affective capacities of a kitten becomes the first non-human governor. She leads a politician-free zone with a network of Artificial Intelligences. She lives in mobile devices of the citizens and can love up to 3 Million people.

More information:
Artificial Intelligence for Governance: Al the Kitty | AAFF

Pinar Yoldas: ‘Artificial Intelligence for Governance’ at AAFF

Heidi Pollard: Call and Response

March 23, 2017

Heidi Pollard (BFA 2005) has partnered with the University of New Mexico Art Museum for a project that explores the lasting influence of Abstract Expressionist artist Adolph Gottlieb on contemporary art. In direct response to the exhibition “A Painter’s Hand: The Monotypes of Adolph Gottlieb,” Heidi has created a new body of work that examines how his legacy continues to impact artists today. Her installation incorporates original monotypes, made in collaboration with Brooke Steiger of UNM Printmaking. It also includes hand-cut and painted objects that reference the visual language and energy of Gottlieb’s work on view at the Museum.

“Heidi Pollard: Call and Response” is the first in a series of new initiatives, through which the Museum strives to make meaningful connections between their collection, exhibitions, and contemporary practice. This project will be exhibited as the UNM Art Museum from March 23-April 29, 2017.

Heidi is a painter and sculptor currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Detroit, Michigan. She has exhibited her work widely throughout the US and has received awards from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

Heidi Pollard: Call and Response
Exhibition Dates: March 23 - April 29, 2017
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 23 at 5:30 pm
University of New Mexico Art Museum
1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

Heidi Pollard: Call and Response

Ruth Taubman Premieres Spring Jewelry Line in New York

March 21, 2017

Jewelry designer Ruth Taubman (BFA 1981) will present her 2017 spring collection at her trunk show in Midtown Manhattan, March 28-30, in conjunction with New York dress designer Karen Roberts. To receive an invitation or for more information, please visit http://ruthtaubman.com/contact

Ruth Taubman Premieres Spring Jewelry Line in New York