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Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

February 26, 2015

Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

March 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30 reception; discussion 6 - 7:30 pm)
The Carr Center, Detroit, MI

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Carr Center, the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design hosts a panel discussion exploring the topic of art and gentrification. This panel discussion is in conjunction with an online series on this topic created through a partnership between the Stamps School and the arts and culture journal ∞ mile (Infinite Mile).


With an emerging narrative of an ascending “new Detroit,” it seems relevant to pose questions concerning the relationship between art and gentrification. To posit art and artists as merely a trojan horse for development ignores that some artists engage in work that impacts the city in socially beneficial and integrated ways.
As in most community building work, two groups, native and pioneers, are working towards similar goals. Yet the platforms, megaphones and resources may be very different.  How does our work as artists integrate into the fabric of gentrification?  How can/do natives and pioneers work together and when do they clash?  At the end of the day is there short term and long term space for both?

Also in discussion: does art inherently support gentrification?  Does art have a role in countering gentrification?  Art quite often receives critique for supporting and/or inducing gentrification.  But behind gentrification are also a number of different actors connected tangentially if not directly to the production of art.  The various actors include but are not limited to policy makers, urban planners, architects, businesses and developers.

The panel includes these diverse voices to explore this timely issue:

Moderator: Francis Grunow
Panelists:
Rick Lowe, Founder and Director of Project Row Houses, Houston
Michael Forsyth, Revolve Detroit
Richard Hosey, developer
Rebecca Mazzei, Director of Trinosophes and Former art critic, Detroit Metro Times
Marsha Music, music writer

Free and open to the public. For more info contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

Audra Wolowiec: Modern Painters Artists to Watch 2015

February 26, 2015

Audra Wolowiec (BFA 2002) is featured in Modern Painters: 24 Artists to Watch in 2015.

Since I work on multiple projects at once, my process always feels slightly nebulous. I tend to work haptically, through hands- on experimentation. Whether it involves sound, sculpture, or print, I almost always start with test pieces, something tangible, to see how materials behave. I’m also very interested in environment and consider how a viewer might inhabit the work through physical experience.

24 Artists to Watch

Audra Wolowiec: Modern Painters Artists to Watch 2015

Anneli Arms: Exhibition

February 26, 2015

Anneli Arms (BFA 1957) is featured in 75th Anniversary Show of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, at the The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery in NYC from Mar. 10 - Apr. 11.

75th Anniversary Show of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
March 10 - April 11, 2015
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 3-6 pm
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery
417 Lafayette St., (4th Fl)
NYC 10003

Anneli Arms: Exhibition

Nick Tobier in Milwaukee: Visiting Speaker at UWM and M.A.R.N.

February 24, 2015

From Tuesday, Feb. 24 through Thursday, Feb. 26, Nick Tobier will be in Milwaukee as a visiting artist/designer/critic. On Feb 24 he will speak at the Milwaukee Area Artists Network, and on Feb 25 at 7pm at The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts Art NOW series.

MARN brings national and international curators and critics to Milwaukee for MARNsalons, a series of in depth engagements with members of the local arts community. Visitors provide a critical purview focused on contemporary art and curatorial experimentation for public consideration. This purview guides a roundtable discussion, juried critiques, site visits and a presence on MARN’s website. The visitors experience is highly crafted, offering them insight on the bounty of the Milwaukee arts community, and is meant to stimulate increasing visibility of Milwaukee-based artists on a national and international scale. Travel for this visit is supported by the Stamps School Faculty Development Fund.

Arts in Milwaukee: MARNSALON III: NICK TOBIER

Nick Tobier in Milwaukee: Visiting Speaker at UWM and M.A.R.N.

Zack Denfeld: Experimental Eating Published

February 24, 2015

In 2015, Black Dog Publishing released Experimental Eating, a book about contemporary food-based creative practices. The book features an introductory essay and work by The Center For Genomic Gastronomy, an artist-led think tank co-founded by Zack Denfeld (MFA 2007).

Experimental Eating is the first international survey of contemporary experimental and experiential food-based creative practices across art, design, catering, science and theatre. Deliciously detailed and good enough to eat, this book combines luscious images with text that questions the assumptions behind how we make, eat and perceive food.”

The book also features the work of Stamps faculty Matt Kenyon.

Zack Denfeld: Experimental Eating Published

Alisha Wessler: Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Bronx, NY

February 24, 2015

Alisha Wessler (MFA 2013) is currently an artist-in-residence at Wave Hill, a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The two-month residency culminates in a public open studio event on Saturday, February 21st, 1-3pm.

Alisha Wessler - Arts at Wave Hill

Alisha Wessler: Wave Hill Winter Workspace Residency, Bronx, NY

Seeking Submissions: Exploring Identities

February 24, 2015

Can a photograph capture the “real you”?

Each day we present ourselves to others, constructing our identity through choices about how we speak, dress, or act. We are also affected by the interpretations of others, and can choose to connect with or challenge these interpretations.

Exploring Identities is an ongoing participatory project in which the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) is inviting U-M students to explore the ways that our identities are pictured and crafted through various creative media. We have provided an open forum for everyone to upload their photos and videos that capture images of themselves, others, and/or their creative works that respond to these ideas. We invite you to take full creative freedom in interpreting “identity.”

Submissions will be accepted and displayed online and at the University of Michigan Museum of Art throughout winter semester.

Click here for more information and to submit your own photos and videos.

Seeking Submissions: Exploring Identities

Megan Hildebrandt to Present Research at Healthcare Symposium

February 20, 2015

Megan Hildebrandt (BFA 2006) will present her paper “Being Present: Illness Narrative, The Art of Witnessing, and a Return to Bedside Manner” at the Innovation in Health Care Delivery Systems Symposium on Thursday, April 9 in the 2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. time block (Parallel Session A), Room 202 in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

Megan Hildebrandt to Present Research at Healthcare Symposium

Meghan Grubb: House of Stories at Gallery 210

February 20, 2015

Meghan Grubb (MFA 2012) is featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery 210 in St. Louis, MO from Feb. 21 - Apr. 11.

Gallery 210 is pleased to present Meghan Grubb: House of Stories. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 4PM with a panel discussion with artists’ Meghan Grubb, and Joe Chesla and in the Gallery 210 Auditorium. A public reception for the artists will be held from 5PM to 7PM.

Blending analog and digital technologies, Meghan Grubb makes works of sculpture, installation, photography and video that explore how powerful non-physical responses may be elicited by the experience of physical phenomena.

The exhibition runs through April 11th. Gallery 210 is on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus at 44 East Drive, TCC between the North UM-St. Louis Metro Station and the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Meghan Grubb: House of Stories at Gallery 210

Exploring New Partnerships in India

February 20, 2015

Stamps Associate Dean Elona Van Gent, International Study Coordinator Sandy Wiley, and Associate Professor Cynthia Pachikara head to India this week to explore new educational opportunities with art and design institutions, including study abroad, residencies, summer programs, and internships.

The two week trip will include visits with close to a dozen institutions in both Bengaluru and Mumbai, as well as meetings with alumni and individual artists and designers. Cynthia Pachikara will also be making a presentation about her work at the Jaaga community space in Bangalore.

Funded by the Presidential India Initiative, this travel is part of larger project designed to increase Stamps engagement with India.

For more information on the Presidential India Initiative, see: India Initiative awards offer exciting opportunities for students | University Record

Exploring New Partnerships in India