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Bette Klegon Halby Exhibits at Carter Burden Gallery, NYC

January 18, 2017

Dean’s Advisory Council member Bette Klegon Halby (BS Design ‘62,  BA Education ‘62) exhibits an 18’ piece entitled Out of the Blue - Water is Life at Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, from February 2 - 23, 2017. 

The piece demonstrates Klegon Halby’s commitment to standing with indigenous protectors of Standing Rock until the threat to their sacred sites has ceased.

We all need water to live; we need to find failproof fracking methodologies. We as Americans and citizens of the earth are entitled to healthy, clean water.

Bette Klegon Halby extends the confines of two-dimensional space by breaking boundaries and playing on opposites. Always, the work is concerned about spatial relationships - shapes that shape the way we move and mold the way we see.

Bette Klegon Halby
February 2 - 23, 2017
Carter Burden Gallery
548 W 28th Street Fifth Floor
NY, NY 10001

Bette Klegon Halby Exhibits at Carter Burden Gallery, NYC

Sophia Brueckner: TEDxUofM 2017

January 17, 2017

Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner will be one of eight featured speakers at TEDxUofM 2017: Dreamers and Disrupters, taking place at the Power Center on February 8, 2017. She will be talking about her work on science fiction, extrapolative thinking, the ethics of design and invention, and the pressing need for critical optimism.

TEDxUofM 2017: Dreamers and Disrupters
February 8, 2017

Sophia Brueckner: TEDxUofM 2017

Rebekah Modrak Launches #exstrange, eBay-Based Curatorial Project

January 15, 2017

Stamps School of Art & Design Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak and her curatorial collaborator Marialaura Ghidini will launch #exstrange, an eBay-based curatorial project, on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The project unfolds at through Friday, March 31, 2017.

Much like Modrak’s 2008 project eBayaday, a month-long, curated exhibition on eBay designed to examine the site’s potential as a place for the exchange of ideas, objects and commerce, #exstrange transforms eBay into a site of artistic production and cultural exchange. A form of artistic intervention into capitalism, over 19 artists will participate in the project, including Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner, whose auction opens January 28, 2017.

Participating artists in #exstrange will create a 7-day auction-as-artwork on eBay.  The “artworks” on view in this exhibition are more than the object/service for sale. The chosen category, title, descriptive text, images documenting the work, and the experience of the sale are also integral parts of the work. The creative work is only “whole” when viewed within the context of eBay.

During the 2.5 month run of the project, audiences can view artworks — and place bids — by visiting and typing “exstrange” into the search bar at the top of the page. At the end of an #exstrange item’s “bidding cycle,” it will be archived at The project will culminate in a forthcoming print catalog with contributing essays by Mark Dery, Rob Walker, and other writers, promoted by the peer-reviewed host Project Anywhere.

Additionally, two guest curators from the University of Michigan will be creating and studying the #exstrange auctions as a data set: Professor Fred Feinberg teaches Statistics and Marketing at the Ross School of Business and Lu Zhang is an undergraduate student majoring in business and statistics.

At its core, #exstrange seeks responses to the driving question: “What are the relationships that can take place in the realm of digital commerce beyond the seller-to- buyer transaction, the fundraiser-to-backer association, or the peer-to- peer swap?”

Featured artists and auction dates:

  1. IOCOSE (January 15)
  2. Tara Kelton (January 16)
  3. Lloyd Corporation (January 17)
  4. John D. Freyer (January 18)
  5. Sreshta Rit Premnath (January 19)
  6. Matt Kenyon (January 20)
  7. Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle — KairUs Art+Research (January 21)
  8. Archana Hande (January 22)
  9. Fieldfaring — Susanne Cockrell & Ted Purves (January 23)
  10. Geraldine Juárez (January 24)
  11. Silvio Lorusso (January 25)
  12. Yogesh Barve (January 26)
  13. Kathleen Meaney + Taekyeom Lee (January 27)
  14. Sophia Brueckner (January 28)
  15. Renuka Rajiv (January 29)
  16. Lucy Pawlak (January 30)
  17. Abhishek Hazra (January 31)
  18. Tyler Denmead (February 1)
  19. Masimba Hwati (February 2)
  20. Norie Neumark and Maria Miranda — Out-of-Sync (February 3)
  21. Regin Igloria (February 4)

Guest curators - starting February 5:

  • João Laia
  • Nora O’Murchu
  • Peter Dykhuis
  • Latifa Al Khalifa
  • Bani Brusadin
  • Harrell Fletcher
  • Gaia Tedone
  • Akansha Rastogi
  • Yidi Tsao
  • Tamara Ibarra
  • Fred Feinberg + Lu Zhang
  • Domenico Quaranta

Contributing writers to the exhibition catalog:

  • Padma Chirumamilla
  • Mark Dery
  • Marialaura Ghidini
  • Lawrence Liang
  • Rebekah Modrak
  • Rob Walker
Rebekah Modrak Launches #exstrange, eBay-Based Curatorial Project

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

January 13, 2017

The Stamps School of Art & Design recognizes the academic excellence of its undergraduate majors at the end of each semester through its Dean’s List. Placement on the Dean’s List requires a grade point average of at least 3.8, a minimum of 16 earned credits, and 15 graded credits.  Transcripts carry official notation of this honor each semester it is awarded. Congratulations to all Fall 2016 Dean’s List honorees!

Fall 2016 Dean’s List
  • Lindsey Abdale-Beadle
  • Isra Abdo
  • Erin Arsenault
  • Elaine Atzmon
  • Caroline Baloga
  • Summer Benton
  • Jacob Bergen
  • Gina Canter
  • Alexa Caruso
  • Chu Cheng
  • Persephone Chirolla
  • King Yuk Chiu
  • Sara Ciaramella
  • Abigail Clemens
  • Clare Coburn
  • Cheyenne Couture
  • Phoebe Danaher
  • Alix DeGraff
  • Danielle DeMarco
  • Laura Desimine
  • Natalie Diehl
  • Amanda Donovan
  • Alexandra Eason
  • Yazmon Ector
  • Brooks Eisenbise
  • Theresa Felice
  • Jordyn Fishman
  • Grace Gebhard
  • Natalie Giannos
  • Jenna Giordano
  • Elizabeth Graves
  • Grace Guevara
  • Yeo Kyung Han
  • Carson Hart
  • Anna Herscher
  • Sophie Hochwald
  • Ella Holbert
  • Taylor Houlihan
  • Boshu Hua
  • Camille Johnson
  • Anna Kaiser
  • Natasha Katz
  • Minsun Kim
  • Emily Koffsky
  • Natalie Kraepel
  • Katherine Lacroix
  • Elizabeth Leung
  • Xiang Li
  • Yuanjun Li
  • Shengyuan Liu
  • Rachel London
  • Bechara Maalouf
  • Isabella Mancini
  • Danielle Mandelblatt
  • Reed Marting
  • Douglas McDonald
  • Katerina Meidanis
  • Shelby Meyer
  • Irene Ng
  • Natalie Nye
  • Jason Pi
  • Elizabeth Ploch
  • Samantha Plouff
  • Rebecca Portman
  • Elizabeth Reeck
  • Mika Reedy
  • Francesca Romano
  • Morgan Salvano
  • Emily Schumer
  • Ellen Seidell
  • Sydney Shaffer
  • Jonah Shifrin
  • Stephanie Sim
  • Kathryn Spak
  • Cole Stabnick
  • Hollyann Stewart
  • Jenna Tanner
  • Adam Van Osdol
  • Evan Vollick-Offer
  • Thomas Vossler
  • Lian Wardrop
  • Isabelle Wilson
  • Poyee Wong
  • Laine Yamano
  • Claire Zimmeth

Screening and Discussion: Robert Adanto ‘The F Word’

January 13, 2017

The University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCSS), Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), Institute for the Humanities, and Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design are proud to present a screening and discussion with documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto.

The F Word explores radical “4th wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists who use their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self- objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world. Brooklyn-based Leah Schrager, well known for her performance practice, Naked Therapy, states, “As soon as you introduce a bit of sexiness or sexuality into an artwork it suddenly becomes questionable.

Just because something elicits arousal or shows elements of sexiness does absolutely not make it not art.” While some 4th wave artists, like Ann Hirsch and Kate Durbin, choose to analyze representations of female identity through digital media, others, like the radical, queer, transnational feminist art collective, Go! Push Pops, explore sexuality and gender in pop culture in the digital age. As feminist lecturer Kristen Sollee explains, 4th wavers, unlike their predecessors, “are not afraid to be ‘girly’, (or) to be hyper-feminine, or to wear a mini-skirt, to self-objectify” in the service of challenging patriarchal oppression or sexist ideals.

Featured artists include Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Go! Push Pops, Leah Schrager, Kate Durbin, Rebecca Goyette, Rachel Mason, Rafia Santana, Damali Abrams, Faith Holland, Claudia Bitran, Michelle Charles, and Sadaf. In addition, the film features Dr. Kathy Battista, Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and author of Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012), as an on-screen expert, as is noted art critic and curator, Nancy Princenthal.

Robert Adanto is a Los Angeles native currently based in Miami. A classically-trained actor and documentary filmmaker, he earned his M.F.A. in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program and is currently playing Shylock in Shakespeare Miami’s production of The Merchant of Venice. As a filmmaker, he is interested in exploring how artists respond to rapid, sometimes catastrophic change. His documentaries have looked at China’s explosive contemporary art scene (The Rising Tide 2008), the lives and works of Iranian female artists (Pearls on the Ocean Floor 2010), the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of New Orleans-based artists (City of Memory 2014), and radical “4th wave” feminist performance in Brooklyn (The F Word 2015). He is currently working on Born Just Now, a film looking at the Belgrade-based performance artist Marta Jovanović. His films have screened at over 40 international film festivals and have been presented at various museums around the world.

The F Word
Screening followed by Q & A with director Robert Adanto

Tuesday, January 24 from 6 - 8:30 pm
Modern Languages Building - Room 1
Address: 812 Washington Street, Ann Arbor.

Screening and Discussion: Robert Adanto ‘The F Word’

Image: Kate Durbin’s ‘Cloud 9’, as seen in Robert Adanto’s ‘The F Word’

Speaker Series Featured on AADL Pulp

January 13, 2017

Stamps Director of Visitors Programs Chrisstina Hamilton discussed the latest Penny Stamps Speaker Series lineup with Eric Gallippo for the Ann Arbor District Library’s Pulp.

For the last 12 years, Chrisstina Hamilton has been working out a puzzle of sorts for thousands of people to enjoy. As director of visitors’ programs for the University of Michigan’s STAMPS School of Art & Design, Hamilton organizes the school’s popular Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

“It’s sort of like this 3-D Rubik’s Cube kind of thing when you’re trying to put it together, and it’s incredibly difficult because you lose pieces here and there,” Hamilton said. “People want to line up, and you think, ‘We can’t have this come after that.’ But somehow, miraculously, it ends up all coming together.”

The free guest speaker series takes place Thursdays at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre (with a few exceptions) and features artists that represent a spectrum of media, backgrounds, and viewpoints.

From Rubik’s Cube to Roller Coaster: Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Winter 2017 | pulp

Speaker Series Featured on AADL Pulp

Nancy Lorenz in Galerie Magazine

January 13, 2017

A new article in Galerie Magazine features an interview with artist Nancy Lorenz (BFA 1985) with images of recent commissioned work.

In the early 1990s, it was rare, if not unheard of, for galleries to show art and design side by side. Nancy Lorenz is one of the artists who helped change that.

Blurring the boundaries between fine and decorative arts, Lorenz makes paintings, sculptures, and installations that include mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and water gilding. Clients, collectors, and exhibitors include Chanel and architect David Rockwell, as well as galleries and museums worldwide. Her abstract art, which has a luminous East-meets-West quality, references nature and science while employing old-world craftsmanship.

Why Artist Nancy Lorenz Loves Mother of Pearl and Goldleaf | Galerie

Nancy Lorenz in Galerie Magazine

Barbara Hillman Eisenberg and Donella Reese Vogel Exhibit

January 13, 2017

Work by longtime friends Barbara Hillman Eisenberg (B.S.Des. 1964) and Donella Reese Vogel (B.S.Des. 1964) was featured in Reflections at the Art Center Sarasota.

Barbara’s painting, Hope, and Donella’s painting, Elvis Impersonator at the Diner, each received a Merit Award for in the exhibition, on display from December 8 - January 13, 2017. 

Art Center Sarasota is a member-based organization that engages the artistic community by providing education programs and exhibitions for artists of all levels. Reflections is a juried exhibition that displays art in all types of media. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236.


Barbara Hillman Eisenberg and Donella Reese Vogel Exhibit

Sophia Brueckner Featured in ‘Not of This Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction’

January 12, 2017

Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner’s Empathy Box is featured in the new exhibition Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction, on display January 14 - February 26 at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction is an exhibition comprised of art relating to science fiction. Sci-fi has been a prevailing method of entertainment and consideration of the seemingly possible consequences of technological advancement. The artworks in this exhibition consider these possible alternate realities and dystopian futures long perpetuated by the sci-fi genre. Some pieces in the show are purposeful instruments such as Sophia Breuckner’s Empathy Box, which provides its users a sense of shared contact through warmth. In a world of technological distraction, Empathy Box attempts to provide comfort through perceived physical connectivity. A technological device itself, the piece yields an alternate use of electronics and asks the viewer to consider the ways in which technology may impact our lives presently and in the future.

Artists in this exhibition include Sophia Brueckner, Micah Ganske, Tatiana Gulenkina, Carol Hayes, Michael Lewy, Joseph Popper, Chris Rackley, and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette.

Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction
Boston Cyberarts Gallery
January 14 – February 26, 2017
Opening: Friday, January 13 from 6 - 8 pm

Sophia Brueckner Featured in ‘Not of This Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction’

Nick Tobier: ‘Looping Detroit’ Featured in Metro Times, Deadline Detroit

January 12, 2017

Nick Tobier’s new book Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue  is featured in recent articles published in Deadline Detroit and Metro Times.

In the January 11 edition of The Metro Times Sarah Rose Sharp interviews Tobier and collaborators Stacey Malasky and Katie Grace McGowan.

Tobier moved to Detroit from New York City. For anyone coming from a place with such strong public transportation infrastructure, the People Mover is comedically inefficient — its 13 stops cover a distance that the average New Yorker would simply walk.

“I was really inspired by the strangeness of a big city and a small train,” Tobier says by email. “Growing up in NYC, each subway line was an epic journey connecting distant parts of a vast city. There was an irony in the People Mover because each stop is so close to the next, it becomes a kind of limited Odyssey in geography, but not in imagination.”

University of Michigan publishes a reflection on Detroit’s infamous People Mover | Metro Times

In Deadline Detroit, Alan Stamm discusses the book’s release:

Detroit’s People Mover, the automated monorail looping through downtown since mid-1987, sometimes draws ridicule over its limited length (2.9 miles), one-way travel and sizable subsidies ($12 million annually from the city and state). But to a University of Michigan art professor, it’s a source of literary inspiration.

Nick Tobier invited Michigan artists and writers to get off at one of the 12 stops and reflect on “anything that would not be in a tourist’s guide to the city.” as he puts it.

Detroit Rapper, Poets and Novelists Contribute to ‘A People Mover Travelogue’ | Deadline Detroit

Nick Tobier: ‘Looping Detroit’ Featured in Metro Times, Deadline Detroit