News & Events
September 30, 2016
Work by Bernadette Witzack (MFA 2013) is featured in the solo exhibition “Paintings Wearing Clothes and Climbing Mountains”, opening October 7 at the Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery in Madison, WI.
Paintings Wearing Clothes and Climbing Mountains includes paintings, drawings, screen prints and mixed media work. The work is colorful and bold, abstract and bodily, tragic and triumphant, funny and just plain strange. Paintings Wearing Clothes and Climbing Mountains is about feelings, having a female body in this world, trying to understand our insides, celebrating the outsides, and a little cat named Jojo.
Paintings Wearing Clothes and Climbing Mountains: A solo art exhibition by Bernadette Witzack
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 7 to Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday, October 7, 7 - 10 pm
Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, 3rd floor of the Madison Central Library
201 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703
Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 1-5
September 30, 2016
Stamps Associate Professor Phoebe Gloeckner is a guest at the Entreviñetas Comics Festival in Bogota, Columbia, where she will lead a 3-day workshop (“La violencia contra la mujer no es una sola”), present her work and engage in conversation with Diana Ojeda (researcher in ecological politics and feminist geography) and Pablo Guerra (author, editor), and host a Q & A with the audience preceding a screening of The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
Entreviñetas Comics Festival
September 23 - 30, 2016
September 30, 2016
On Tuesday, October 4 at 12:30pm, Holly Hughes — performance artist, writer and professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design, the Department of Theatre and Drama, and Women’s Studies, and former fellow at the Institute for the Humanities — talks about her new book, Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW (Women’s One World) Cafe co-edited with Carmelita Tropicana and Jill Dolan.
The women’s experimental theater space called the WOW Café (Women’s One World) has been a vital part of New York’s downtown theater scene since 1980. Since that time, WOW has provided a place for feminist and particularly lesbian theater artists to create, perform, and witness a cultural revolution. Its renowned alumnae include playwright and actor Lisa Kron, performance artists Holly Hughes and Carmelita Tropicana, the theater troupe the Five Lesbian Brothers, and actors/playwrights Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver, and Deb Margolin, among others.
Memories of the Revolution collects scripts, interviews, and commentary to trace the riotous first decade of WOW. While the histories of other experimental theater collectives have been well documented, WOW’s history has only begun to be told. The anthology also includes photographs of and reminiscences by Café veterans, capturing the history and artistic flowering of the first ten years of this countercultural haven.
FellowSpeak with Holly Hughes - “Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW (Women’s One World) Cafe”
Tuesday, October 4, 12:30 pm
Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer
September 30, 2016
Stamps Lecturer Annica Cuppetelli’s work is featured in ReFashion, an exhibition on display at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, through October 30, 2016.
“We’re basically playing with people’s expectations of what fashion or wearability is,” says Director and Curator Frank Rose. “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another level – not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as a starting point for conceptual pieces.”
Cuppetelli’s new work, titled Body Vessels, explores how past and present fashion design is tailored to constrict the female figure and ultimately to transform it. She uses techniques and materials borrowed from garment making and fashion design and applies them to creating forms that evoke garments, but exist as sculptures and spaces.
form & concept gallery
435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
September 30, 2016
An in-depth interview with Marc Sirinsky (BFA 1997) about his work and career has recently been featured on Medium, F-Stop Magazine, and LensCulture.
Sirinsky has been following the same approach for the past couple decades. Whether low-tech or high-tech, Sirinsky’s artist statement addresses his approach directly: “As human beings, we view the world through a haze of our emotions. Though we often use our intellect as a counter balance, we always come back to that emotional home. Often both beautiful and uneasy, our memories are a construction based on our own uniquely personal histories.”
Lone © Marc Sirinsky
September 28, 2016
Nancy Thayer: “Sanctuaries” at NCRC Gallery
Sanctuaries, a solo exhibition of work by Stamps lecturer Nancy Thayer, will be on display at the NCRC Gallery from September 28 - December 15, with an exhibition opening reception on Wednesday, September 28 from 5 – 7 pm.
The work of Nancy Thayer is included in numerous museums, private and corporate collections throughout the U.S and in Italy, Germany, Hungary, Poland, The Netherlands and Korea. She is a member of the executive board of InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and teaches at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
In describing her paintings she states, ”While the visual content refers to and suggests forms of nature, they are not meant to be representational or site specific. My intention is always to communicate the spiritual essence and impact of the environment.” In this series of paintings Thayer focused on sacred grottos, caves and stalactites to express a private place for contemplation and a sense of solitude deep within what has been formed by nature over long periods of time.
Nancy Thayer: Sanctuaries
September 28 - December 15
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 5 – 7 pm
NCRC Building 18, Rotunda Gallery
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Gallery Hours: 9 am - 5:30-pm, Monday through Friday
September 22, 2016
During the 2016 Detroit Design Festival, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will host its inaugural Design Salon. From Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, a group of invited guests from varied disciplines - philosophers, robotics engineers, critical designers, a futurist, a national NPR foreign correspondent, design theorists, interaction designers, and corporate researchers and strategists - will join Stamps design faculty Sophia Brueckner, Roland Graf, John Marshall, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Bruce M. Tharp, and Nick Tobier at the Inn on Ferry Street in Midtown Detroit.
The salon offers an intimate setting that brings together critical thinkers, do-ers, and makers from different fields to examine the implications of a thorny set of topics. This year, the salon will unpack the underlying tensions between design, ethics, and technology.
Unlike a conference or symposium, the salon is meant to provoke informal conversations across disciplines in a safe environment for conjecture, confusion, and speculation. The outcomes of the salon will be made available to the public through audio recordings and a salon website in early 2017.
2016 Salon participants include:
- Christy Mag Uidhir, Philosopher of Art & Aesthetics (University of Houston)
- Jason Beaubien, National Global Health and Development Correspondent (NPR)
- Anthony Dunne, Critical Design (Dunne and Raby / The New School)
- Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies (Parsons)
- Stuart Candy, Futurist (OCAD / SAIC)
- Alison J. Clarke, Professor of Design History and Theory (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
- Meena Krishnamurthy, Philosopher (University of Michigan)
- Jill Dimon, Interaction designer-Activist (Sassafras Tech Collective)
- David Bruemmer , Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer (5D Robotics)
- Dan Chen, R&D Strategist (Johnson & Johnson)
- Elise Valoe, Senior Researcher (Steelcase)
Inn on Ferry Street, photo by Kenny Karpov
September 22, 2016
The Stamps School of Art & Design prepares students to think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment. The Stamps Gallery Director will play a critical role in promoting the Stamps School mission and vision through delivering a robust program of exhibitions that increase public understanding of contemporary creative practice and supplement the educational experience of Stamps students. The new central campus gallery space is scheduled to open in Winter 2017. In a recent interview about space usage, Guna Nadarajan, Dean of the Stamps School of Art & Design, stated that the Stamps Gallery will exhibit “the best of what is currently going on in art and design” in addition to work created by the graduate and undergraduate students at the Stamps School. This new position and gallery demonstrate a renewed and invigorated commitment to exhibition programming and the role it plays in art and design education.
A complete position description, as well as instructions on submitting an application, can be found at umjobs.org.
September 21, 2016
Stamps faculty Nick Tobier and Rebekah Modrak’s Back House Gallery has been invited to take part in the first Worldwide Apartment and Studio (WAS) Biennale. The exhibition WAS Biennale: BE MY GUEST looks beyond the frameworks of classical institutional approach to create an opportunity of innovative union and mobilize self-organizing in the arts on a global scale.
Participating spaces are in cities around the globe, from Back House in Ann Arbor to galleries in Bucharest, Athens, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tel-Aviv, and Vienna.
Modrak and Tobier’s Back House Gallery will present an exhibition of work by Stamps alum Alison Byrnes (MFA 2007). The title, “Adjust Maadi”, is a common phrase in Bangalore related to the ethos of “making do”. This selection of 50 small gouache paintings chronicles the quotidian inventions of coconut water vendors, rickshaw pullers and monkeys in Bangalore, India.
The Back House Gallery exhibition reception is open to the public: October 23, 2016, 1 - 3 pm. Back House Gallery is located at 239 Murray Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.
September 21, 2016
Feldmark is made out of seven planks that can be assembled without nails or glue by a few strong hammer strikes. Graf built the first Feldmark with a hand saw out of structural timber from a local construction site for the retirement party of his father. Since then, this unconventional table made of untreated pine has become a well known trademark for Magazin in Germany, which produces it locally in a covered workshop.
The original 11ft long table accommodates 12 people and has been on the market since 2007. It has been installed in spacious offices, dining rooms, gardens, galleries and art fairs. In 2016, after many customer requests asking also for a shorter version, Graf designed a second Feldmark table in oiled oak for everyday indoor use in smaller homes.