April 24, 2017
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design senior Jessica Gray is featured as one four U-M graduating seniors profiled by the University Record.
The art and design major, who specializes in photography and fashion design, launched her own haute couture-inspired sportswear line last year. Named Gersai Collections, it’s inspired by Detroit and Gray’s experiences in the city.
“There’s this fascination about Detroit being this abandoned city, and me coming from here, I’m like, this is not all that this city is about, Gray said. “This city is way greater than what people have attributed to it.”
Photo by Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography
April 24, 2017
The Hand Print Workshop: Twenty Years of Partnership in Print, a group exhibition featuring work by Stamps Professor David Chung, was recently reviewed in the Washington Post.
Just across the 14th Street Bridge, a few miles from some of the world’s greatest art collections along the Smithsonian’s Mall, is a printmaking studio, Hand Print Workshop International, tucked behind a private residence in Alexandria, VA, that has been for more than two decades turning out high end screen prints from the likes of American artists Bill Christenberry, Renee Stout, David Chung and Steven Cushner, as well as Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Aleksandr Melamid, Leonid Tishkov, and Yuri Avvakumov.
April 24, 2017
Stamps Assistant Professor Nick Tobier presented STREETWORK, a panel discussion about bringing artists and students to work in local communities, at Open Engagement 2017 Chicago.
STREETWORK will unpack the challenges, strategies, successes, and failures in bringing artists and students to work in local communities. This group of educators will discuss how they work with students on the ground, outside the classroom, to support local communities, and prepare students to be socially engaged citizens. Structured in a lively talk show format, panelists will be interviewed individually about their educational practice and remain on stage to respond to subsequent panelists.
Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place April 21–23, 2017 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee, will feature presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Maria Varela, Ai-jen Poo, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds.
April 24, 2017
Stamps Professor David Chung was recently interviewed for a segment on Asian American Life, an Emmy-nominated magazine show focusing on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Chung discussed the recent immigration of Soviet Koreans to the U.S. and their history in relation to his documentary feature film, Koryo Saram.
April 19, 2017
In advance of his Wednesday, April 19 Penny W. Stamps Speaker series presentation at MOCAD, screenwriter and Narcos co-creator Doug Miro spoke with Pulp‘s Elizabeth Watson on his work and influences.
Q: What will you talk about at MOCAD here in Detroit?
A: I’m focusing on the process of how Narcos first came about and what the process is like, episode to episode. A little bit behind the scenes of the scripting, producing, and editing process. Hopefully I can give people an insight—a little glimpse behind the curtain.
With Narcos, back when we started, had the director, José Padilha, not insisted that it be made in Colombia, I don’t think there would be a third season. The director is Brazilian, and he insisted it all be shot in Colombia for authenticity, and he was absolutely right. That’s one of a thousand decisions that we made, but it was essential.
We also get a lot of Latin American directors, and I think it’s better for them to be in Colombia. The crew is from here—some from Mexico and Brazil—and all that gives it authenticity. There’s a lot of people who know the story, who live the story. Those things all help.
Q: You’ve written a variety of things, like action, horror, and a video game adaptation. Can you describe the approaches that you took to writing those and the complex storyline that you’re writing for Narcos?
A: Usually the big distinction with television is that it’s not closed-ended—it’s this endless, ongoing story. What allowed us to do Narcos is we pitched it as a 20-hour movie. We always approach a season of Narcos as one long movie.
In a film, there’s such a relentless need for building tension. You have a captive audience that’s there for two hours; you don’t want them looking at their watches or wanting to leave. And that’s a totally different structure than an audience that’s choosing to pick up the remote, pick Narcos, and watch it. That’s more of a novel versus a short story, almost.
April 18, 2017
The 2017 Stamps Commencement celebration will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the North Campus Research Complex, Building 18. The Stamps ceremony takes place after the 10 am Central Campus Spring Commencement at Michigan Stadium. The celebration includes short speeches by graduating undergraduate and graduate students and a commencement address by artist Candy Chang (BFA ‘01). Chang will also be honored with a U-M Bicentennial Alumni Award — a special 200th-anniversary initiative — at the University Commencement ceremony.
Through the activation of public spaces around the world, Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang creates work that examines the dynamics between society and the psyche, the threshold between isolation and community, and the ways shared places can cultivate reflection, perspective, and kinship. She is interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the tension between individual liberty and social cohesion, and a city that exposes and fosters the complexity of the individual and collective psyche.
With a background in urban planning, Chang worked with communities in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Johannesburg, where she observed universal challenges of the democratic commons. She created interactive experiments in the public realm to explore more inclusive forms of community dialogue. After struggling with grief and depression, she channeled her emotional questions into her public work. Thanks to passionate people around the world, her participatory public art project Before I Die has been created in over 2,000 cities and over 70 countries, including China, Iraq, Argentina, Russia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, and South Africa. Her recent work, The Atlas of Tomorrow, draws upon Carl Jung, the Surrealists, and the I Ching to transform a building into a device for philosophical reflection. Her most recent work, Grief is a Beast That Will Never Be Tamed, uses the mythology of the Minotaur to examine how our public spaces can better address our relationship with grief as a community.
Her work has been exhibited in the Venice Architecture Biennale, New Museum, Tate Modern, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. She is a recipient of the TED Senior Fellowship, Tulane University Urban Innovation Fellowship, Tony Goldman Visionary Artist Award, and Art Production Fund Artist Residency. She was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Public Interest Design by Impact Design Hub, a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been the keynote speaker at events including the Creativity World Forum, American Planning Association National Conference, and the Global Health Summit. She received a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University, as well as a B.S. in Architecture and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan. She lives in New Orleans.
Stamps School of Art & Design Commencement
April 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18
April 18, 2017
From April 18 - 23, 2017, students from Robert Platt and Roland Graf’s Experiments in Architecture, Installation, and Painting course invite all nihilists, romantics, and homebodies to DECONSCIOUSNESS.
This exhibition DECONSTRUCTS the extreme disconnect between the internal and external realities under which Millennials are forced to operate. Through the three “zones” of the installation, participants can examine the role of the “CONSCIOUS”, “SUBCONSCIOUS”, “SUPERCONSCIOUS” and the practice of seeking refuge in the deconstruction of our own INTERNAL conflicts.
The nature of the exhibition is naturally amorphous. And no wonder. “There’s a subtext of how the students are processing the changing times, how they integrate… with technology, how they interact with themselves in society, and… the larger, confusing complex times we are living in,” Associate Professor Robert Platt states.
As a class of Millennials, the inheritance of troubling times and situations demands that the focus be back on this respective generation. The inherent elitism in art exhibitions, installations, and even institutions calls for a reclaiming of spaces—thus, for the entire week of exhibition, “DECONSCIOUSNESS” will be a functional common workspace for art students. The importance of having the exhibition remain completely functional can be explained by a student involved, D Wang Zhao (BFA ‘18), who explains “[that] the last thing we wanted to do was have this lofty, pretentious work”.
The work’s different zones of the exhibition allow for both thoughtful and visceral interaction—where ultimately if the conceptual nature of the exhibition is inaccessible, the visuals and audio are weaved alongside it.
The student collaborators include Abigail Barrera, Adrian Bazbaz, Mallory Donahue, Jonathan Downing, Dara Firoozi, Erica Gavan, Gabrielle Graves, Adrian Hanna, Benjamin Leigh, Hannah Mabie, James Mackin, and D Wang Zhao, with assistance from first-year MFA student, Laura Magnusson.
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DECONSCIOUSNESS: Three Levels of Consciousness
Exhibition Dates: April 18 - 23, 2017
Opening reception: Tuesday, April 18 from 5 - 8 pm
Location: Work Commons, Art and Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd
April 17, 2017
Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos will discuss experimental avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren at the Scarab Club in the April 20 edition of The Regular’s Table, a monthly series of intimate, informal conversations.
Curated by Stefany Anne Golberg in collaboration with Detroit Research, Salon De’troit, and the Scarab Club, the Regular’s Table pairs Detroit artists, thinkers, and dabblers and asks them to talk to each other about subjects close to their hearts. It is a conversation between strangers on the way to becoming friends. On April 20, writer/poet George Tysh and visual/performance artist Melanie Manos discuss experimental avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren.
April 20, 6:30 – 9PM
The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St, Detroit, MI 48202 Phone: 313.831.1250
April 16, 2017
At the NADA New York fair in March, Los Angeles-based artist Josh Mannis (BFA 1999) took home the New York NADA Artadia Award.
Mannis, who has had shows at M+B and Thomas Solomon Gallery in Los Angeles and the late, lamented Know More Games in Brooklyn (with the great Becky Howland), was selected by the Hirshhorn Museum’s curator at large, Gianni Jetzer, and the Jewish Museum’s assistant curator, Rebecca Shaykin. In a statement, the two jurors lauded the artist’s “effortless combination of art history tracing an arc from Neue Sachlichkeit to Sinister Pop,” which “is countered by postcard views of American politics. The protagonists of his paintings live in a feverish dream that is fueled by conspiracy and ultimately violence.” (Which sounds a lot like the present, actually.)
Image: Josh Mannis, Going Through the Rough Way, 2017
April 16, 2017
Time after Time, a new exhibition of work by Ruth Weisberg (B.S.Des. 1963), will be featured in the SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art at the Santa Reparata International School of Art, Firenze.
Weisberg works primarily in painting, drawing, printmaking and large-scale installations. She is a Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the USC Roski School, and she is represented by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles. Weisberg is well known for her paintings reflecting upon the cycle of life; she has long held interests in preservation, extinction and survival. She moved to in Los Angeles in 1969 and had her first major survey there in 1979 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Ruth Weisberg’s work is included in the permanent collections of over 60 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Whitney Museum of American Art, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, among many others.
Time after Time: Ruth Weisberg
Exhibition Dates: May 9 - 23, 2017
Exhibition Opening: May 9 at 6:30 pm
SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art
Santa Reparata International School of Art, Firenze
Via San Gallo 53r, 50/29 Florence, Italy