June 9, 2014
Asia Society Museum has invited Shiva Ahmadi to create a new work as part of its ongoing In Focus series.
Ahmadi’s practice is informed by the tradition of miniature painting. Her jewel-like compositions feature allegorical narratives that serve as a critique of contemporary political conflicts and the abuses of power that accompany them. For this exhibition the artist will present Lotus, a new single-channel animation, commissioned by Asia Society and based on two traditional Buddhas from the Asia Society Museum Collection. This new work will be Ahmadi’s first significant animation to date, and marks an important shift in her practice. The animation is based on the artist’s 2013 triptych painting, Lotus. The artist appropriates the image of the Buddha as the representation of a wise, forgiving deity to illustrate the devolution of a pure and well-intentioned ruler into an irresponsible and corrupt despot under the influence of absolute power. Bombs, grenades, and other explosives evocative of the accessories of war slowly infiltrate the narrative, and serve as a metaphor for the volatile political atmosphere of our contemporary time. This narrative springs from the artist’s own experience of war, political corruption, and global instability, first encountered during her childhood in Iran in the 1970s and later as an adult in the 1990s.
Shiva Ahmadi was born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and works in Northville, Michigan. She received a BA in painting from Azad University in 1998 and MFA degrees from Wayne State University in 2003 and the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in 2005. She also participated in a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2003. Since then, the artist has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus is Ahmadi’s first solo museum exhibition in New York.
Asia Society’s In Focus series invites contemporary artists to select objects from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of the Asia Society Museum Collection as inspiration for a new artwork to be shown in the Museum’s galleries. Shiva Ahmadi: In Focus represents the first time a contemporary Iranian artist has participated in the program.
June 9, 2014
Drawings by Louis Marinaro, Professor at the Stamps School of Art & Design of the University of Michigan are on display at the SACI Gallery in Firenze, Italy, July 4 - 31, 2014.
July 4-31, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 4 at 6Pm
Louis Marinaro is a contemporary figurative sculptor who lives and works in Ann Arbor Michigan. His work is represented in both public and private collections. He was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He earned his B.F.A. in 1973 from the Philadelphia College of Art. He was awarded an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1975. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, a Tiffany Foundation Grant and numerous research grants from the University of Michigan and the University of Pittsburgh. He has exhibited in a variety of venues both public and private, including New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Detroit.
In addition to his work as a sculptor, he is a professor at the University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design. He was hired in 1981 as a visiting artist and granted a full time position in 1982. From 2002 to 2005 he was the Director of International Programs at the School of Art & Design. In 1988, he was awarded the Amoco Distinguished Teaching Award and the Teaching Excellence Award in 1989. In 2000, he served as Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. Concurrently with his position at the University of Michigan, he was a visiting lecturer at the New York Academy of Art in New York City from 1991 through 2001. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Louis Marinaro describes his sculpture as content driven, it is based upon what he imagines and perceives. He intends for his work to function on multiple levels both visually and contextually, it is an interwoven metaphor between what we see, imagine and know. Louis Marinaro offers a perception of the world in which we live that embodies the complexity of our life experiences.
This exhibition is made possible in part by the Stamps School of Art & Design, at The University of Michigan.
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino, 11
50123 Firenze, Italy
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm; Saturday & Sunday 1pm-7pm
Admission is free
June 9, 2014
David Osler (BFA ‘43) is featured in a Detroit News photo gallery that features area D-Day veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion.
David Osler, 93, was a promising artist when he realized his draft number was coming up. His brother convinced him to enlist in the Navy to avoid the Army. He thought the Navy would place him in a job similar to his skills but instead he went to work on a repair ship in North Africa.
Eventually, when he was 23, he was transferred to the USS Thomas Jefferson, where he commanded five landing craft assault vehicles in the first wave of the first attack on Omaha Beach. The Jefferson’s mission was to get 300 of the Army’s 116th regiment, 29th Division, safely to the French shore.
D-Day veterans: Young men when history came calling | Detroit News
Photo illustration by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq / The Detroit News and a self portrait, drawn April 4, 1944.
June 4, 2014
A National Geographic story features the memories and photographs of photojournalists David (Stamps Associate Professor) and Peter Turnley, who covered the events of the student movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
David Turnley was in Paris when he got the call. His brother Peter was in Beijing to cover the visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to China but was on the line with different, more exciting news. A small group of students had taken to the streets in protest in Tiananmen Square—and their numbers were swelling.
“I think something is happening here,” Peter told his brother. You need to cover this too, Peter urged.
What had started with a handful of students “soon turned into 10,000, and a few days after that, a million,” recalls Peter, all in support of greater political and personal freedoms. The year 1989 was a time of historic change in entrenched political systems like the Soviet Union and South Africa, and the Chinese students wanted to be part of it.
David flew out to cover the events as well, and as he walked among the million or more protesters who soon filled Tiananmen Square, “there was a sense of an elevated human spirit,” he says. “It was euphoric.”
That euphoria did not last long. The People’s Liberation Army was massing outside the city. The photographers followed some of the students as they traveled to the convoys to beg them not to interfere. When the army did crack down, David and Peter were there to photograph the brutal events and the generalized fear that followed.
National Geographic: Tiananmen Square Still Haunts Photographer Brothers After 25 Years
June 2, 2014
Caleb Moss (BFA ‘13) and D.R.E.A.M. Clothing present a pop-up boutique, 5:30 - 9 pm on June 7 at 277 Gratiot Ave., Detroit.
D.R.E.A.M. Clothing Presents: “Summer Madness” Pop Up Boutique
5:30 - 9 pm on June 7, 2014
277 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226
June 2, 2014
Ronald Allen Kleemann, 76, died on May 31 at the Timberlyn Heights Nursing Home in Great Barrington, MA of complications from dementia. Born on July 24, 1937 in Bay City, Michigan, he was the son of Walter and Corinne (Falk) Kleemann. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 with a B.F.A. from the School of Architecture and Design, where he received his training in sculpture and painting. Just out of college, he moved to New York City to work and live as an artist. In 1972, he became a resident of Columbia County, NY, living in Stockport for 35 years and then moving to Valatie in 2007.
Once in New York City, his original medium was sculpture but he soon became more interested in painting. After a few years of pounding the pavements looking for a gallery to represent him, his work was accepted to show by a few galleries. He finally became well-known as a photorealist artist in the early ‘70s after being represented by the Louis K. Meisel gallery in SoHo. He has remained with Meisel, who coined the name Photorealism, ever since. His work is owned by major museums, such as the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York, and modern collectors, and regularly appears in both solo and group shows all over the world. He is studied by students and artists, and a full overview of his life and work is available online in the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art, which includes an extensive interview and his personal and work-related papers.
Ron is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sarah (Woolworth) Kleemann and his step-daughter Tracey Houlihan; his second wife, Margaret Gilliam and son Gunnar (Karen) Kleemann, and two granddaughters; his first wife, Susan Beudel, and two daughters, Wendy Diehl and Kris (Kelly) Ryon and three granddaughters; and by his beloved dogs, Fiona and Ronni.
Ron loved painting, travel, animals and people. Thanks to his art, he was able to travel throughout the United States and Europe, always taking pictures and looking for his next subject to paint. He painted race cars, fire engines, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, airplanes, and many other subjects that caught his eye. Most of his paintings were sharply realistic, often featuring reflections. He always said he loved shiny objects. In the ‘90’s, when the painting business was slow, Ron spent 10 years as a counselor for Coarc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides programs and services to people with developmental disabilities in Columbia County. He was an avid ballroom dancer, and he and his wife could often be seen at local dances and balls in the area. His humor and stories were legendary among all who knew him. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
At his request, there will be no funeral, but a private memorial service for friends and family will be held at a later date. Memorial donations can be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd, Hudson, NY 12534; and COARC, P.O. Box 2, 630 Route 217, Mellenville, NY 12544.
May 30, 2014
Lia Min works at the intersection of art and science, where her training as a neuroscientist informs her creative inquiry and her art expresses ideas and questions about the scientific enterprise. As a research fellow jointly sponsored by the Life Sciences Institute and the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, she divides her time between the studio and lab, exploring the interplay of science and art and examining Western and Eastern approaches to understanding and knowledge.
In Project LIAison Progress Report, an exhibition on display from June 2 to 6 at the Life Sciences Institute, Min will show four recent works that illuminate different cognitive and emotional approaches to understand self and the world.
“I’m interested in how we use science to peek at the human mind,” Min said. “When scientists look at the brain they try to be objective and reductive and stay away from putting too much meaning. There is a lot to gain from that structural view, but because the subject of study can be so personal, we project all kinds of things, and I’m trying to look at that relationship through the work in this exhibit.”
Min graduated from the Stamps School of Art & Design in 2007 with a bachelor’s of fine arts from Stamps and a bachelor’s of science in biology. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard Medical School in 2012.
June 2 - 6, 9 am - 5 pm
Artist’s walk-through: 5 - 7 pm, Monday, June 2, and Thursday, June 5.
LSI Library (main floor)
Life Sciences Institute,
210 Washtenaw Avenue
May 29, 2014
Ernestine Ruben‘s (BA ‘53) Portraits in Sound, an exhibition of multimedia images of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians, has been extended through July 1, 2014, at the Plaza Corridor Galleries. They are located on the ground and second floors off the Lincoln Plaza entrance of the Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The building is nestled between the Metropolitan Opera and the Vivian Beaumont Theater at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York, NY 10023.
Ruben will also be featured in Kate Shin Presents Summer Art Festival 2014. The exhibit runs June 12 - August 31 by appointment at Waterfall Mansion, 170 E 80th Street, NYC.
May 29, 2014
Nicole Marroquin (MFA ‘08) and collective A Day Without Public Art in Pilsen have been awarded a one-year studio residency at Mana Contemporary in Chicago. This came following an initial grant from the Propeller Fund and an SAIC Faculty Enrichment Grant in 2013. Marroquin’s proposal was to continue the work that began with their the project A Day Without Public Art in Pilsen from 2012, and to widen the scope of the project to include curriculum, public history and publication.
May 29, 2014
Endi Poskovic and his students from “Towards a Universal Pictorial Language: Printmaking and Culture In China” are guests of the Printmaking Department of China Academy of Art in Hangzhou from 20 through 29 of May. While at CAA, Endi will present a lecture titled “Landscape and Abstraction in Contemporary American Woodcut” in which he will discuss discuss contemporary American artists working in woodcut whose ideas are influenced by Asian and Chinese artistic traditions.