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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

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

Leisa Rich: World of Threads Festival

September 15, 2014

Leisa Rich (BFA 1982) exhibits several works in the World of Threads Festival, a curated showcase of the best work from the international world of fiber arts. This event is held in Toronto from November 1-30.

Leisa Rich: World of Threads Festival

Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda: Cultural Crossing Guard at Governor’s Island

September 13, 2014

From their collaboration on 14th Street in New York, Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda (BFA 2006) are part of Art in Odd Places: The Artifacts, an exhibit of selected ephemera and objects from the 10 year history of public interventions into the street scape of New York.

September 13-28
Governors Island – Building 403, Colonel’s Row
Hosted by Spontaneous Interventions
Curated by Claire Demere
Public Programs by Meredith Degyansky

Opening – Saturday, September 13, 1-5pm

http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/

Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda: Cultural Crossing Guard at Governor’s Island

Bill Burgard: Art Installation for University of Michigan Hospital

September 10, 2014

Bill Burgard (BFA ‘79) was recently commissioned to create large format portraits of the UM Hospital Department of Gastroenterology’s top five researchers.

Images that reflect each individual’s projects and contributions to their fields were included. The idea was to tell a visual story of the groundbreaking work done at the unit and to provoke the curiosity of patients and visitors to appreciate the less glamorous world of endoscopic procedures. At first glance this seemed very oxymoronic. After meeting with all of the physicians and discussing their resources and tools I came up with a wealth of provocative images to weave into the five compositions.

Each portrait is painted in oil on a gessoed wood panel. The accompanying illustrations are done in mixed media on paper. All images were scanned and assembled using Illustrator and Photoshop. The final output is on heavy weight archival paper.

The installation was completed on July 1 this summer. It can be seen during business hours in the MPU hallway, on the second floor of University Hospital, main building.

http://wcburgard.com

Bill Burgard: Art Installation for University of Michigan Hospital

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