November 20, 2017
Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak was a visiting artist at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) on November 15 and 16, 2017.
Modrak presented her work to the Interventions in Capitalism MFA research group at RISD’s Department of Digital + Media, and conducted studio visits with MFA students. The Interventions in Capitalism research group is a focused studio of MFA students working to rethink brand and mass media environments. Modrak spoke about her own interventions into commerce with the online artworks Re Made Co. and Rethink Shinola.
November 20, 2017
Stamps Associate Professor Anne Mondro was recently featured in a Faculty Spotlight story on the Edward Ginsberg Center’s website.
Anne has a deep history with a style of engaged community practice where long-term relationships are at the heart of the creative outcome; recently, she received an NEA grant for her collaborative community art-making project for teens and memory-impaired adults. However, interactive creative projects in the public sphere was newer terrain for her. Working with the Ginsberg Center helped Anne establish initial community connections and assisted in coordinating partner matching.
Anne stated, “Ginsberg helped alleviate a lot of that stress because I was able to have several conversations in terms of developing the partnership and thinking through the structures and resources that [community partners] provided”.
Anne learned that community-engaged teaching is an opportunity to rely on student and peer learning, empowering students to transfer knowledge through co-educating.
“To see that transfer is really exciting in the students and it makes your teaching that much more meaningful and it’s always a way to connect to the community and get out of the university bubble.
I tend to put everything on myself and I think there’s a way that the students can bring more ownership in a class like this, so that’s something I can work on. So being open to the fact that you don’t have to know all the answers and you don’t have to be the sole educator is key.”
November 20, 2017
On view from through February 25, 2018 at MSU’s Broad Museum, Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw features never-before-seen works by Stamps alums Kelley (BFA 1976) and Shaw (BFA 1974) that draw from their upbringing in Michigan.
New Year’s Eve, 1974. Ann Arbor, Michigan. The sounds of a vacuum cleaner, a coffee can, and a violin. It was an unusual version of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” that was being played by the newly formed proto-punk band Destroy All Monsters—an experimental group consisting of the artists Mike Kelley, Jim Shaw, Cary Loren, and Niagara. A while later, someone unplugged their speakers and the show was over.
Fast forward a few years and there are more Michigan stories to be told, this time through the many signs, symbols, and rituals that Mike Kelley (1954–2012) and Jim Shaw (b. 1952) accumulated through their work, in a meticulous if not obsessive manner. These source materials, culled from the vernacular cultures native to their midwestern upbringing, have been continuously reworked over the course of their careers, cycling through different projects, returning again and again like recurring and persistent musical riffs. Religious and secular rituals, folk tropes, zines, comic books, secret societies, conspiracy theories—the fears, desires, and beliefs of diverse subcultures displayed through narrative illustrations, objects, and source materials.
Against the backdrop of 1960s counterculture, Kelley and Shaw shared a lifelong friendship and common background: an upbringing and education in the state of Michigan. After growing up in the Detroit area and Midland, respectively, Kelley and Shaw met in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, then moved to Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts. Michigan Stories is the first exhibition to place these artists’ practices alongside each other in historical context, approaching their work as parallel visual meditations on midwestern culture in particular, and on American culture more broadly.
Michigan Stories: Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw
November 18, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Michigan State University
547 East Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Jim Shaw, Untitled (Obliterated High School Self Portrait)
November 17, 2017
Zack Moscot (BFA 2013) is featured in a new Bloomberg article on his work as the chief design officer for Moscot, his family’s century-old glasses company.
Zack Moscot was not yet 8 years old when he had a screaming tantrum about his professional future. “I don’t wanna join the business!” wailed the fifth-generation member of the family behind Moscot, the venerable New York eyewear company. His great-great-grandfather Hyman Moscot founded the shop in 1915, turning a pushcart stocked with ready-made glasses into an optical landmark known for its bright yellow sign and low-key style. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Zack says, looking back. “I always just created things.”
In middle school he spent weekends working the company phones as a customer-service rep. When he was in high school, his late uncle Kenny, who oversaw design for the brand, showed him “this other side of the business.” Zack studied industrial design at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2013.
Today the 26-year-old is the brand’s chief design officer. He’s charged with ushering the family business into its second century and continuing to charm celebrity clients such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Demi Moore, and Jake Gyllenhaal, who regularly snap up pairs of the company’s $350 shades.
Moscot working in his office. Photographer: Victoria Hely-Hutchinson for Bloomberg Businessweek
November 17, 2017
Visual Dialogue, a Boston-based creative branding agency founded by Fritz Klaetke (BFA 1988), was chosen by National Development to create the brand identity for Underground at Ink Block, an eight-acre urban park under an overpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. Underground, which opened in September 2017, offers landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bike paths to create new connections between communities that had been separated by highway infrastructure. Underground not only connects neighborhoods, but it attracts people to its spaces with a variety of amenities and street art from world-renowned artists like Cey Adams, Hoxxoh, Marka27, and more. Klaetke and Visual Dialogue joined the Underground team after the transformation of this underused space was well underway, and they were tasked with helping garner public attention and support. Inspired by on- and off-ramps, highway signs, and the flow of traffic, they created a 170-foot black and yellow sign at the entrance to the park. Along the pathways beneath the overpass, they painted 22 miles of multicolored lines, and Visual Dialogue’s influence can also be seen on the park’s shipping containers, parking kiosks, and way-finding features.
The park itself was created by Landing Studio, another Boston-based firm, which specializes in architecture, design, and research. Dan and Marie Law Adams, 2002 graduates of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, founded Landing Studio in 2005. The studio has worked on projects with port facilities and transit infrastructure entities in Boston and New York.
Underground has garnered rave reviews. The Boston Herald called it a “new Boston hot spot,” and National Development managing partner Ted Tye hopes it can become one of the city’s “hidden gems.”
November 17, 2017
For Pete’s Sake is a Santa Monica, California-based lifestyle brand started in 2014 by alumnus Andrew Kligier (BFA 2003). For Pete’s Sake clothing was recently featured on the season finale of Nelly’s reality television show Nellyville and has been worn by TMZ producer Van Lathan.
Kligier states, “Our brand has been heavily influenced by the Michigan hip-hop & skate scene. We work closely to help promote the arts and look forward to continue bringing bold graphics to the fashion industry. We hope our story continues to inspire the future class of Michigan. We truly appreciate all the love and support from our Alumni and allowing this dream to be possible. Thank you for believing in the brand.”
November 17, 2017
Nawal Motawi (BFA 1988) will be one of the many artists to share their work through Michigan Medicine’s Gifts of Art program. The aim of Gifts of Art is to bring art and music to those experiencing stress and illness in order to assist in the healing process by nurturing and engaging them. Every few months, Michigan Medicine brings in work from different artists and displays them in its lobbies, corridors, and care centers. Motawi’s tile work will be on view December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018 on the first floor of the Taubman Health Center North Lobby. There are also 17 permanent Motawi tile murals throughout Michigan Medicine.
After graduating from the Stamps School of Art & Design, Nawal Motawi moved to Detroit to study tilemaking at Pewabic Pottery. She later moved back to Ann Arbor and began making tiles in a garage studio, selling them at the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. Today, Motawi owns two businesses - Motawi Tileworks and Rovin Ceramics - and employs over thirty people. She strives to create an inclusive workplace culture that puts the employee first, which she believes will lead to the best quality work.
November 17, 2017
Work by Joan Rosenberg-Dent (BFA 1978) will be on view in three separate Santa Barbara, California, exhibitions in the coming months. The first, the Grayspace Artists Group Show at the Grayspace Gallery, will feature two works from her “Play” sculpture collection. Her work will be on view there from November 10th-January 7th, with the opening reception taking place on November 10th from 5-8pm.
Starting December 7th, Rosenberg-Dent will also be featuring works from her “Pure White Porcelain” collection at two separate venues, the Sullivan Goss Gallery and SBCAST, until January 28th and January 18th, respectively. Opening receptions at both galleries will be held on December 7th from 5-8pm.
Since her time as a student, Joan Rosenberg-Dent has remained active within the U-M community. She taught art courses for a time, and she still serves on the Stamps School of Art & Design Dean’s Advisory Council. Some of her work is also featured in a permanent collection at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
November 14, 2017
After a recent Series D financing round, Ann Arbor company Duo Security has been valued at $1.17b dollar - making them the state of Michigan’s first billion dollar startup.
Stamps alumnus Peter Baker (BFA 2000, BA 2000), who, as Duo’s first designer, named and branded the company, is Duo’s Senior Creative Director. Baker’s work at Duo was recently praised by Information Security magazine: “I was with a UK startup this afternoon who named Duo as one of the companies it is most influenced by for marketing — that Duo is the brand to follow in terms of marketing image.”
Duo Security today announced its Series D funding that puts the company in unicorn territory. The company raised $70 million led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital at a valuation of $1.17 billion. This funding round brings the company’s total amount raised to $119 million.
This round included new investors, Index Ventures and Workday, that latter of which joins as a strategic partner, as well as existing investors Redpoint Ventures and True Ventures.
The Michigan-based SaaS company was founded in 2010 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which it still calls home though it has since opened offices in Austin; San Mateo, Calif.; and London and now employs more than 500 globally. The company says it now works with more than 10,000 companies and has more than doubled its annual recurring revenue for the past four years.
Image: Peter Baker with Duo Security CEO & Co-Founder Dug Song
November 14, 2017
Stamps Professor David Chung will present an illustrated lecture that traces his career as a visual artist and filmmaker at the Nam Center for Korean Studies on Wednesday, December 6. He will discuss projects about Korean diasporic populations in the United States and the former Soviet Union as well as a work in progress about North Korean refugees living in Seoul.
Born in Bonn, Germany, and educated in the United States, David Chung is an acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker known for his large-scale drawings, prints, video installations and films. His work focuses on how identities are shaped in immigrant communities and the challenges of refugees as they integrate into new homelands. Chung’s work has been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Asia Society, the Walker Arts Center, Project Rowhouses, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Gwangju Biennale in Korea, the Tretyakov Gallery of Art in Moscow, the Williams College Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chung has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the National Board Film Board of Canada’s Award for Best Documentary Film.
David Chung is a professor with the Stamps School of Art and Design and Core Faculty with the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. Recently, he was the Kim Koo Visiting Professor at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Nam Center Colloquium Series | Homelands of the Imaginary
David Chung, Professor, U-M Stamps School of Art and Design
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4 - 5:30 pm
Room 555 Weiser Hall
University of Michigan