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University Record Covers Stamps DE&I Plan

December 2, 2016

The University Record recently published a story covering the Stamps School’s development of diversity-related curriculum.  Stamps Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova is leading the implementation of the School’s plan, which is part of a universitywide five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan.

“This new universitywide initiative enabled us to consolidate our previous strategies, identify, more systematically, what has worked well and where we need to do better, and compare ourselves to other schools, colleges and units on campus,” Aristarkhova says.

“We now have a visible public face related to the efforts we have already implemented and new ones we plan to implement. Working with CRLT towards formulating the best DE&I practices is very exciting. Supporting students’ efforts to make Stamps more inclusive for all students is very exciting.”

Stamps School DE&I plan includes diversity-related courses | University Record

University Record Covers Stamps DE&I Plan

Melanie Manos Exhibits New Work at Edition 2016, Detroit

December 2, 2016

Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos presents new work derived from her 2016 performance Lofty Bitch for EDITION 2016, open November 26 - December 24 at Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit.  Manos also will have limited edition merchandise for the feminist/nasty woman/professional woman available, including shopping bags, coasters, and cards with motivational messages.  Stamps lecturers Susan Hoge, Katie MacDonald and Ryan Standfest are also exhibiting artists in Edition 2016.

EDITION 2016 - PRINT
November 26 - December 24, 2016
Simone DeSousa Gallery
444 W. Willis, #112, Detroit, MI 48201
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Wednesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm

Melanie Manos Exhibits New Work at Edition 2016, Detroit

Irina Aristarkhova Speaks in NYC

December 2, 2016

Stamps Professor Irina Aristarkhova will be a featured speaker at a book panel “Object-Oriented Feminism”, taking place on Wednesday, December 7 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event and other speakers, visit Object-Oriented Feminism | The Center for the Humanities Programming.

Object-Oriented Feminism
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 7 - 8:30 PM
The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Irina Aristarkhova Speaks in NYC

Eric Benson Publishes ‘Design to Renourish’

December 2, 2016

Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice, a new book by Eric Benson (BFA 1998), will hit bookstore shelves this month. Published by CRC Press, Design to Renourish is a book for graphic designers that helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet, and consequently on us.

The book not only walks the reader through how to design with nature as a model, but also offers solutions to the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work. Through ten case studies that feature interviews with international design teams who embrace a sustainable systems methodology, the reader will gain valuable insights on how to design to renourish for positive change.

From Chapter 2:

For a moment, try to remember your first semester in college. (It wasn’t that long ago, was it?) Think about the foundational art and design courses you took that term and the vocabulary your instructor covered in the first few weeks to help you better understand the worlds of art and design. Most likely you were introduced to the German word Gestalt meaning “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” or a “unified whole.” Understanding the concept of Gestalt is a good starting point to explore how to think in systems. When we discuss “systems” in this book, we are not necessarily referring to what you may have already under-stood as systems like letterforms in an alphabet or the components of a branding campaign, but rather to the scientific methodology used in natural sciences like biology and ecology. Environmental pioneer John Muir describes this concept most clearly: “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” In other words, everything is connected on our planet and our natural systems depend on balance. So to think in systems, when it comes to our profession, it means we approach a design problem by being informed, aware of, and influenced by the impacts that our material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet, and consequently on ourselves.

Design to Renourish Book | Re-nourish

 

Eric Benson Publishes ‘Design to Renourish’

Eileen Myles and Lisa Kron In Conversation with Holly Hughes

November 29, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, Stamps Professor Holly Hughes will participate in a public conversation with acclaimed writer and critic Eileen Myles and Tony award-winning writer and performer Lisa Kron.

Eileen Myles is an award-winning American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, libretti, plays, and performance pieces over the last three decades. Novelist Dennis Cooper has described Myles as “one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature.” In 2012 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete Afterglow, a memoir that gives both a real and fantastic account of a dog’s life.

Lisa Kron is an actress and playwright, best known for writing the lyrics and book to the musical Fun Home, for which she won both the Tony Award for Best Original Score and the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical. Born in Ann Arbor, Kron teaches playwriting part-time at Yale University and New York University.

Myles and Kron will be in conversation with Holly Hughes, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance and Stamps School of Art & Design.  Hughes is a performance artist and writer whose books, plays and performance pieces address questions of sexuality and identity with a trademark blend of humor, provocation and lyricism.  A 2010 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hughes has also received Village Voice Obie awards, a Lambda Book Award, a GLAAD media award, and a Distinguished Alumni Award.


Eileen Myles & Lisa Kron In Conversation with Holly Hughes

Facebook Event
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6 - 8 PM
Helmut Stern Auditorium Museum of Art
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.

Watch a live video of the event on YouTube

Eileen Myles and Lisa Kron In Conversation with Holly Hughes

Eileen Myles - Photo: Shae Detar

Talia Mayden: Blue 42 Awarded Arts at Michigan Grant

November 29, 2016

Blue 42, a work in progress by Stamps student Talia Mayden, was recently awarded grant funding by Arts at Michigan. Blue 42 is a video installation piece that explores the epidemic of and parallels between sexual assault and college football.

Blue 42 will be on display at the undergraduate IP shows in April.

Talia Mayden: Blue 42 Awarded Arts at Michigan Grant

Susan Funkenstein Presents at CORD + SDHS Annual Conference

November 29, 2016

Stamps Lecturer Susan Funkenstein recently presented at the Congress on Research in Dance + Society of Dance History Scholars Annual Conference, held in Pomona, CA, November 3-6, 2016. Her paper, “Appropriating BIZ: Dance, Dada, and Gender in Hannah Höch’s Early Weimar Photomontages,” explored how the Dadaist’s sampling of dance imagery from a popular German illustrated newspaper in 1919-20 emphasized outmoded forms of dance. In contrast to other scholars that envision Höch’s dancers as emancipated women, Susan contends that these dancers may also symbolize tradition and alignments with patriarchal structures of power, a note of pessimism precisely when women were gaining the vote and other freedoms in a newly democratic Germany. Funkenstein’s travel was generously supported by Stamps’ Lecturer Professional Development Fund.

CORD + SDHS 2016
November 3-6, 2016
Pomona College
Claremont, CA

Susan Funkenstein Presents at CORD + SDHS Annual Conference

Bette Klegon Halby Exhibits At ART345 NYC

November 29, 2016

Work by Bette Klegon Halby, U-M alumna (BS Design ‘62, BA Education ‘62) and member of the Stamps Dean’s Advisory Council, will be on display at ART345 in NYC from Dec. 15 - 31.

ART345
345 East 104th St., New York, NY
Exhibition Dates: Dec. 15 - 31
Opening Reception: December 15 from 5 - 9 pm, followed by Gustavo Casenave Jazz concert

Bette Klegon Halby Exhibits At ART345 NYC

Stamps Senior Gina Canter Wins Ross Art Contest

November 18, 2016

Gina Canter (BA 2017) was recently named the winner of a Ross School of Business art competition that asked students to submit a compelling rendition of the newly renovated Blau building. The painting was displayed at the Blau building’s opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by both Jeff T. Blau and Steven M. Ross. 25 copies of Canter’s work were created and given to donors who helped fund the building.

From Canter’s artist statement for the winning piece:

“Inspired by the French Impressionist Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series, this painting depicts the Ross School of Business at different times of the day. As morning turns to afternoon, and afternoon turns to evening, the changing light emphasizes the importance of time to the success of the school and the many hours that the Ross community spends in the buildings. Each person experiences Ross differently, whether it be faculty and staff arriving early and preparing for the day ahead, or students putting in long hours through the night. Collectively, the painting represents the tradition of excellence at the school over time: The legacy of the past, the success of the present, and the potential of the future.”

Stamps Senior Gina Canter Wins Ross Art Contest

UMMA Saturday Spotlight: Nora Venturelli

November 18, 2016

Stamps Lecturer Nora Venturelli was recently featured on UMMA’s Facebook page in a Saturday Spotlight.

Meet Nora Venturelli. Born in Argentina, Nora has been living in Ann Arbor for 25 years. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts right here at Michigan and her Master’s at Eastern MI University. She actively shows work locally and internationally. She is represented by the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor and also teaches drawing and painting at Michigan’s School of Art and Design.

UMMA’s Saturday Spotlight: Nora Venturelli

UMMA Saturday Spotlight: Nora Venturelli