Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 

Canvas Detroit: Book Talk & Signing

September 23, 2014

Literati Bookstore and The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design are pleased to welcome Stamps alumna Julie Pincus (BFA 1983) and Nichole Christian, co-authors of Canvas Detroit, for a book talk and signing on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm.

About Canvas Detroit
Detroit’s unique and partly abandoned cityscape has scarred its image around the world for decades. But in the last several years journalists have begun to view the city through a different lens, focusing on the wide range of contemporary artists finding inspiration amid the emptiness and adding a more complex chapter to the story of a city long labeled as a haunting symbol of U.S. economic decline. In Canvas Detroit, Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian combine vibrant full-color photography of the city’s much-buzzed-about art scene with thoughtful narrative that explores the art and artists that are re-creating Detroit.

Canvas Detroit captures hundreds of pieces of artwork in many forms—including large-scale and small-scale murals, sculptures, portraits, light projections, wearable art, and installations (made with wood, glass, living plants, fiber, and fabric). Works are situated in both obvious and more hidden spaces, including on and in houses, garages, factories, alleyways, doors, and walls, while some structures have been entirely transformed into art. Pincus and Christian profile internationally known figures like Banksy, Matthew Barney, and Tyree Guyton; prominent Detroit artists such as Scott Hocking, Jerome Ferretti, and Robert Sestock; and collectives like Power House Productions, Hygenic Dress League, the Empowerment Plan, and Theatre Bizarre. Canvas Detroit also features contributions by Marion Jackson, John Gallagher, Michael H. Hodges, Rebecca R. Hart, and Linda Yablonsky that contextualize the current artistic moment in the city.

This beautifully designed and informative volume showcases the stunning breadth and depth of artwork currently being done in Detroit. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in arts and culture in the city.

Julie Pincus is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in brand identity and communications for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit arts organizations, and foundations. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from Yale University. Born and raised in metropolitan Detroit, Julie now lives in New York City with her husband.

Nichole Christian is a writer who began her career at some of the nation’s top news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and the Detroit Free Press. Her work appears in the books A Detroit Anthology, Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood and Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected “Portraits of Grief” from the New York Times. She holds a BA in journalism from Wayne State University and lives in suburban Detroit with her husband and daughter.

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Canvas Detroit: Book Talk & Signing

John Marshall Interviewed in Dwell Magazine

September 22, 2014

Associate Professor John Marshall was recently interviewed in Dwell magazine on Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit, a study that examines present-day manufacturing in the city and metropolitan area.

“I keep telling my students if the bottom line is their only bottom line and they want to flip something as fast as possible, move to Silicon Valley and get in line with everyone else. If however, they want to roll their sleeves up for the long haul, they should get involved with something already happening in Detroit,” said John Marshall, associate professor of art and design, and architecture and urban planning.

Retooling Manufacturing in Detroit | Dwell

John Marshall Interviewed in Dwell Magazine

Image courtesy of University of Michigan Taubman College.

Nick Tobier: Thomas Heatherwick

September 22, 2014

Nick Tobier recently spoke about the innovative style of British designer Thomas Heatherwick in A Wall Street Journal article.

Mr. Heatherwick’s work doesn’t come “in a consistent form” or style, said Nick Tobier, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design. He added that a commission from Frank Gehry, for example, would have his signature undulating curves, while a Heatherwick cafe in Sussex refers instead to the coastal landscape.

Wall Street Journal: Nasher Sculpture Gallery Salutes Thomas Heatherwick

Nick Tobier: Thomas Heatherwick

Phoebe Gloeckner: Comics and Censorship

September 22, 2014

Comics and Censorship: a BANNED BOOKS WEEK event
Tuesday September 23, 4:00 pm
Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery

Jim Ottaviani, librarian and author of non-fiction graphic novels, most recently Primates, interviews noted comics creator and Associate Professor Phoebe Gloeckner about her work in comics and the role of comics in personal artistic expression and in society.
Local comic store Vault of Midnight will be on hand with copies of books by Phoebe and Jim for sale, as well as other banned and challenged comics. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event marks Banned Books Week, which this year focuses on comics and graphic novels. Also join us for a Read In on September 25.

Organized by Dave Carter, AAEL Librarian.

Phoebe Gloeckner: Comics and Censorship

Katie Mongoven Exhibits at Riverside Arts Center

September 22, 2014

Stamps Sophomore Katie Mongoven will have a sculpture exhibited in Riverside Arts Center’s Great Lakes ‘Small Works’ exhibit this October. Each piece in the exhibit is no larger than 12” in height, width, and depth. The exhibit will feature artists from Michigan, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Small Works
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, October 3 - Saturday, October 25, 2014
Artist Reception and Award Night: Friday, October 3, 5-7pm

Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Katie Mongoven Exhibits at Riverside Arts Center

Cooper Holoweski’s Katabasis at Dlectricity

September 22, 2014

Cooper Holoweski‘s (BFA 2004) piece Katabasis will be screened/performed as part of DLectricty in Detroit on Fri., Sept. 26th and Sat., Sept. 27th at the CCS Ford Kresge Building. Each night will include two outdoor performances at 9 and 11 pm.

The CCS Ford Kresge building is located across the courtyard from the corner of John R and East Kirby.

Katabasis is a 40-minute video landscape with live audio performance that moves the viewer though an elaborately constructed Sketchup junkyard to explore the themes of death and rebirth. In various world mythologies Katabasis refers to a trip to the underworld. The trance-like animation of this film carries viewers through an underworld wasteland of 3D models through the journey from death to rebirth.

 

Cooper Holoweski’s Katabasis at Dlectricity

Shiva Ahmadi Exhibits at Stony Brook University

September 22, 2014

A solo exhibition of Shiva Ahmadi‘s video work Lotus will be on display at the Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York from Sept. 18, 2014 - Jan. 10, 2015.

Lotus is a video animation by the Iranian artist Shiva Ahmadi, commissioned by the Asia Society Museum in New York City and inspired by two statues of the Buddha held in their collection. Ahmadi’s work reflects on the subjects of social trauma and religious and economic corruption in Iran and the surrounding region, and draws on her experience of the destruction and chaos wrought by the Iraq War (2003 – 2011).

Artist’s Talk: Shiva Ahmadi
Thursday, October 2, 2014, 11:30 AM
Lecture Hall I

Charles B. Wang Center: Upcoming Exhibitions

 

Shiva Ahmadi Exhibits at Stony Brook University

Nick Tilma Featured on Behance

September 20, 2014

A packaging redesign project by Stamps student Nick Tilma was recently featured on Behance.

For a packaging redesign assignment, I chose to redesign Radius Natural Mint Floss. I thought the packaging should reflect the product, so I designed a more sustainable package by using natural chip board. The floss container is coated in a plant-based wax to make it water resistant. Graphically, I simplified the text, and kept the mint leaf motif, although in a more illustrative design. To reduce material usage, while improving the shelf presence, the packaging folds over the floss container, displaying the information from the container, and reducing the amount of printing.

Radius Natural Mint Floss Packaging Redesign

Nick Tilma Featured on Behance

Joyce Brienza Exhibits at Great Lakes Drawing Biennial

September 16, 2014

Curated by Jason Franz of Cincinnati, the Great Lakes Drawing Biennial is a juried show open to artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. Hosted by Eastern Michigan University once every two years, it highlights artistic activity related to all manner of contemporary drawing. The exhibition will run from September 3 - October 15, 2014 with an opening reception on Wednesday September 24 from 4-7pm.

http://art.emich.edu/events/great-lakes-drawing-biennial-2014

Joyce Brienza Exhibits at Great Lakes Drawing Biennial

Exhibition: Displacements

September 16, 2014

Displacements, an exhibition of work by faculty from the Stamps School of Art & Design curated by Gunalan Nadarajan, opens Oct. 15 at the School of Arts, Renmin University of China.

The notion of displacement is fundamental to any and all exhibitions insofar as an object that is displayed in a space other than where it was produced has essentially been displaced. The history of exhibition is in many ways thus a history of displacements ­— of site, space, context and therefore ultimately, meaning. What does displacement do to these works? Does the work mean and operate differently in different contexts or are some works essentially the same wherever they are shown? Members of the faculty from the Stamps School of Art & Design participating in this exhibition offer provocative responses to these complex questions of culture, context and meaning.

Exhibiting Artists:

  • David Chung
  • Jim Cogswell
  • Matt Kenyon
  • Heidi Kumao
  • Lou Marinaro
  • Rebekah Modrak
  • Anne Mondro
  • Cynthia Pachikara
  • Robert Platt
  • Marianetta Porter
  • Endi Poskovic
  • Michael Rodemer
  • Bruce Tharp
  • Stephanie Tharp
  • Nick Tobier

Opening Reception: 10/15
Exhibition Dates:  10/15 – 11/04, 2014

School of Arts, Renmin University of China
No.59 Zhongguancun St. Haidian Dist, Beijing 100872, P.R.China
中国北京市海淀区中关村大街59号中国人民大学艺术学院办公室, 乐丽君老师, 邮编:100872

Exhibition: Displacements

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