August 31, 2014
Michael Borowski (MFA ‘11) is currently a visiting faculty, teaching photography at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Over the year, he will be teaching all levels of digital and darkroom photography as well as intermedia topics courses, maintaining the darkroom, lighting studio, and digital labs.
Borowski’s work has recently been exhibited at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), the Prairie Center for the Arts (Peoria, IL), and Espace Projet (Montreal, Canada).
August 31, 2014
The Ann Arbor Art Center and Motawi Tileworks have joined forces to create not one but TWO exciting new shops within the Art Center! Motawi Downtown and 117 GALLERY is now open and we’re having a big party to celebrate!
Please join us Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-8:30 to check out some amazing art, tile, music and delicious food and wine from two of Ann Arbor’s newest places, Mezzevino Restaurant and VinBar. Of course, Nawal Motawi (BFA 1988) will be there to help showcase the full line of Motawi gift tiles (she’ll even sign yours), accessories and the new design space.
The party is free and open to everyone! It’s going to be a great evening…hope to see you there!
MOTAWI DOWNTOWN GRAND OPENING PARTY!
August 31, 2014
Matt Kenyon’s Notepad project, currently featured in FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) in São Paulo, was reviewed in Folha, the largest of the Brazilian newspapers.
FILE 2014 is on display through October 5 at São Paulo’s Centro Cultural FIESP - Ruth Cardoso.
Link (in English): http://alturl.com/jtzgh
August 31, 2014
Stamps Senior Lecturer Kathryn Brackett Luchs, will exhibit her large scale print work TRANSITION in Detroit Connections: Women Printmakers and Their Mentors, opening Sept. 12 at N’NAMDI Center for Contemporary Art. The exhibition juxtaposes and celebrates young women Printmakers and their women mentors in Printmaking.
Detroit Connections: Women Printmakers and Their Mentors opens Friday, September 12 from 6 - 9 PM, and runs through October 25.
N’NAMDI Center for Contemporary Art is located in Detroit’s Cultural Center, at 52 East Forest Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48201.
August 28, 2014
New York University is hosting an event to celebrate the publication of Animal Acts: Performing Species Today, co-edited by Holly Hughes and Una Chaudhuri on Friday, September 19th at the Tisch School for the Arts in New York City.
The book, which collects animal themed performance texts by leading artists, accompanied by commentaries by leading scholars in the field of performance, gender and animal studies, including Jill Dolan and Donna Haraway, to name a few, was published by the University of Michigan Press.
This event will include a performance by Stamps alumni Joseph Keckler, as well as Holly Hughes, recent Witt Resident Carmelita Tropicana and others, in conversation with scholars.
Performing Species: What Can Animal Studies and Theatre/Performance Studies Teach Each Other?
August 28, 2014
Anne Mondro, Associate Professor in Art & Design, is featured in the University of Michigan Record for her teaching and research.
In her new course, “Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts,” Mondro’s students visit U-M Geriatric Centers Silver Club, a community program for adults with mild to moderate memory loss. The students brainstorm ideas for creative projects with their specific community member.
Art & Design professor promotes community engagement
Martin Vloet, Michigan Photography
August 18, 2014
Rebekah Modrak’s Re Made Co. takes over the storefront windows of Incident Report in Hudson, New York, Aug. 14 through Sept. 14.
Re Made Co. exists as a “company” via website and social media that parodies the urban woodsman aesthetic of Best Made Co, which markets designer axes through the rhetoric of authenticity, the appropriation of working-class identities, and the revitalization of traditional male roles. Re Made Co. substitutes Best Made Co.‘s $300 urban axe with a $300 toilet plunger and satirizes their marketing campaign through design, social media, and photography.
This project uses critical design to pose pivotal questions related to the aestheticization and commodification of tools: Why are tools meant for work stylized and sold as luxury items? How is working-class labor sanitized and sold for white-collar fantasy? How are objects marketed with contradictory references, each promising “authentic” experiences that will lead to self-fulfillment?
August 18, 2014
Recently on display at the Asia Society, Shiva Ahmadi‘s video work Lotus (2013) was reviewed by hyparallergic.com.
Ahmadi’s single-channel video Lotus, based on her 2013 painting of the same title, is equally haunting. As the animation opens, an enlightened Buddha sits atop a golden lotus throne. Monkeys and humans frolic in the surrounding landscape, holding offerings in the form of bubbles representative of spiritual wisdom. Over time, this Utopia fades. The Buddha’s subjects grow violent, their bubbles turning into bombs. Birds take flight. Stained by blood, the formerly virtuous ruler becomes an ordinary despot.
Both works are as visually striking as they are politically dark, so it’s no surprise their creators identify as painters. As Malani’s lush images are projected on the wall, they bleed together like watercolors — vibrant extensions of her painting practice. Similarly, watching Lotus feels very much like seeing Ahmadi’s original painting come to life; the narrative formerly frozen in time comes to pass before our eyes.
Using Beauty to Examine Ugly Political Truths | HyperAllergic
August 12, 2014
Stamps Dean Guna Nadarajan is making presentations at several visual art schools in South Africa. On August 12, he lectures at the Stellenbosch University Department of Visual Arts, followed by a lecture at Michaelis School of Art in the University of Cape Town on August 14th. Nadarajan’s visit to Michaelis also includes a workshop session with the students of the Honors in Curatorship Program at Michaelis and meetings with the administration to discuss potential study abroad programs and faculty collaborations between our institutions.
August 11, 2014
My(our)Way, a public project by Nick Tobier, will premiere on the streets of New York on Saturday, Aug. 16 as part of the NYC Department of Transportation’s public projects.
As the streets converge around Astor Place — cars and busses flowing north onto 4th Avenue, cyclists on Lafayette, pedestrians from 8th street heading east running into those from St. Marks making their way west - the form of Lower Manhattan pinches before it flares. Filled with hopes and dreams, aspirations and hassles, our fellow citizens are, at times, solitary protagonists in their own narrative—waking, walking, on their way to work, on their way home from work.
My (our) Way makes these individuals visible/audible, turning them, crank by crank, note by note, into an ensemble. As Cooper Union staff, Kmart cashiers, the last of the late night revelers and bystanders turn the handles of their small music boxes, the small voices of the solitary notes resonate with one another.
As they converge first by the Astor Place subway station (8:30 am), and later (10:30 am) on the steps of the Public Theater, reaching a cadence of near synchronicity, they play the 18 notes of “My Way” altogether until dispersing. For that moment, and perhaps for every morning thereafter, the possibility of individuals heading different directions becoming an ensemble united by simple action, this can be Our Way.