June 17, 2014
Jim Cogswell will present a talk titled “Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible: a multimedia experience of cosmology”, at the Twelfth Annual Sophia Centre Conference, “The Marriage of Heaven and Earth: Images and Representations of the Sky in Sacred Space.” The conference is sponsored by the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, a Program of the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It will be held at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute in Bath, UK, June 28 to June 29, 2014.
Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible is an MCubed sponsored collaboration
with cosmologist Greg Tarle (Physics) and musician/composer Stephen Rush (SMTD), and Brian Nord, cosmologist at Fermi Lab, to create a fly-through of dark energy fields using massive data sets from the Millennium Simulation. The team created an immersive sound and video environment in April at the Duderstadt Center Video Production Studio.
June 17, 2014
As part of a nationwide tour, Erica Fink (BFA ‘10) and her band, Eric and Erica, will play an Ann Arbor show on Sat., June 21.
After closing out their nationwide 2013 tour in North Carolina, dream-pop duo Eric + Erica have officially relocated to Durham, NC (from Oakland, CA). Their few months there have seen them touring the East Coast extensively, playing shows throughout the Triangle, and writing nearly an entire album’s worth of new material at their tree-enshrined home. They are very excited to be playing in Ann Arbor on June 21st as part of their upcoming tour. They will be joined by LA folk-pop singer songwriter, Anna Ash.
You can purchase tickets here: https://gumroad.com/l/AAshindig
Listen to Eric + Erica here: http://ericandericamusic.bandcamp.com
Learn more about them here: http://ww.ericandericamusic.com
JUNE TOUR DATES
June 10…The Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC
June 11…KungFu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
June 12…The Manhattan Inn, Brooklyn, NY
June 13…The Half Moon, Hudson, NY
June 14…The Future, Brattleboro, VT
June 15… No. 6 Depot, West Stockbridge, MA
June 16… Argos Inn, Ithaca, NY
June 17…. Little Amps, Harrisburg, PA
June 18… Double Happiness, Columbus, OH
June 19… The Bishop, Bloomington, IN
June 20… The Throne Room, Chicago, IL
June 21… House Show in Ann Arbor, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 22… The Old Miami in Detroit, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 23… The Bird House in Grand Rapids, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 24… Kalamazoo, MI
June 25… The Drinkery in Cincinatti, OH
June 26… Knoxville, TN
June 28… Durham, NC
Eric + Erica is a duo making music with two voices, an autoharp, a keyboard, and a drum machine. Their songs are pop music at their core, dressed up with the unusual shimmer of autoharp; soulful, reverb-drenched electric piano; and beats that are as strong and simple as they are surprising. Erica’s naturally sweet and soaring vocals lead the way, floating dreamily above the music and delivering lyrics that are part tender confession and part bold abstraction, while Eric’s low, ragged voice provides a complementary undertone. They write soft dance music, haunting lullabies, and surreal love songs; songs for friends, for children, and for each other.
Their first full length album, This Is Where, was released on 11/12/2013, just a mere 8 months after their debut EP. They thrive on constant creation, and the 11 songs that make up the record emerged and evolved quickly. The album was recorded with young veteran Adam Myatt (James & Evander, B. Hamilton, Man/Miracle) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, in the stolen hours between other bands’ sessions, and in the band’s basement. While keeping true to the minimalism of the band’s live sound, the record also provided an opportunity for Erica to densely layer her voice to create moments of lilting chorus, and for other odds and ends—out of tune player pianos, synthesizers—to add density and dynamics. Beginning with a strong, clear vision of the world they wanted the record to create, the process moved quickly, and just a few months later the final record was in their hands, complete with artwork they hand painted themselves and the last minute addition of a song self-recorded by erica while lying sideways on the floor.
Since the record’s release Eric + Erica have been on the road continuously, starting with a full US tour, self-booked through a combination of tremendous diligence and the benefits of a supportive musical community (both members play with other groups, including Sean Hayes, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Silian Rail and Ash Reiter). Three songs written and recorded mid-tour were released as the Wild Holiday EP, on 2/14/2014. This tour also served as their cross-country moving trip—though very much a product of their time in Oakland, California, the group has re-located to Eric’s original hometown of Durham, North Carolina, in search of the calm and quiet of the country, seasons, and the Triangle’s fertile and diverse music scene. The rest of 2014 will find them continuing to tour extensively, playing everywhere from traditional venues to living rooms to ice cream shops to old theaters, with plenty of dive bars and cafes in between. While on the road they continue to write new songs and explore the many other media the band delight in using—short, surreal videos; hand painted fliers; colorful stop-motion animations; self-produced full length music videos; and bold fashion choices. They also sleep in their car, drink lots of coffee, eat ice cream, visit their aunts, and sleep more than most touring bands.
June 9, 2014
Sibyl Teague (BFA ‘73) has been awarded first place in the 14th National Small Print Show, and is featured in several other juried exhibitions this summer.
After retiring from over 25 years in various graphic art careers I decided to go back to school at Adams State University in Colorado. I majored in printmaking, my favorite medium. I had the opportunity study lithography for the first time. My new body of work has been well received. I was recently awarded first place at the 14th National Small Print Show in Creede, Colorado. The exhibit runs from May 24th through July 1st, 2014. I have also been accepted to other juried shows this year, including “Multiple Impressions” a printmaking show running from June 6 through July 12, 2014 in Springfield, Illinois, and “The Print Show” at the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, New York.
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