SHOW DATES: February 3 – March 14, 2020
RECEPTION: February 8 | 3–5 PM
We are Worth Everything: Survivors as Themselves features portraits made in collaboration with Survivors by Judy Walgren, Associate Director and Professor of Practice, MSU School of Journalism, Eve Edelheit, Award Winning Independent and Freelance Photographer, and Maddie McGarvey, Independant and Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. Also featured is a poem by Kimberly Ann Priest, Assistant Professor, MSU Writing Rhetoric and American Culture, titled “Celebrate.”
Visual archives are powerful devices for building and perpetuating cultural perceptions of communities, especially groups who have been involved in traumatic events. During a recent online search using “Survivors” and the name of an infamous abuser, the viewer is confronted with gridded images of extremely distraught women interspersed with photographs of a large group of women standing onstage during a high-profile awards ceremony. This body of work, created collaboratively between the photographer and the people portrayed, attempts to expand narrowly focused visual narratives around the Survivor community from Michigan State University and beyond. By presenting images that reach beyond visualized trauma and triumph, we hope to present a more nuanced view of these courageous people, expand the archive and move their stories forward.
This is an ongoing body of work. If you identify as a Survivor and would like to participate in our project, please email Judy Walgren at email@example.com.
This exhibition was possible thanks to support from the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.
February 21 – March 27, 2020
Workshop & Reception February 21 5-9pm
Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang.
Through this workshop, the audience will take a deep dive through history and lineage by exploring Keith Secola’s work, process of screen printing and his use of family archives. There will be a live demonstration of his process and the opportunity for the audience to pull their own print.
Recently my project has involved the reinsertion of the American Indian image onto collaged and deconstructed book covers of American history. I tear and collage assorted Colonial books to create my surface to print on. My source imagery derives from two archival photo albums from my Grandparents, representing my Ute Indian heritage and our band of Uncompahgre from Colorado. American Indian stories and history are often erased or forgotten. My use of archival photography and printmaking allows me to create a layer between the past and present to form new narratives that question Native identity by fusing the imagery and the books as one. In addition, I paint an extra layer on the surface of the wall with graphic murals of Euro-centric depictions of Eastern Coastal Native Americans around first contact. This further pushes the dichotomy of the real and the fantastic savage.
Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang grew up in the Southwest and belongs to the Ute Indian tribe and Anishanabe Nation. He graduated from California College of the Arts MFA in San Francisco, with a focus on silkscreen printing. The earliest influences come from his father, who is a musician, traveling and exposing him to contemporary Native arts at a young age. These early experiences would influence a life in creative arts. Finding a balance between contemporary life and tradition, Keith blends printmaking, archival photography, illustrations, and murals derived from Native American life to transmit indigenous voices and identity. The artist currently works and lives in Oakland, California.
For more information about the artist please visit his website: www.keithsecolajr.com
This exhibition and workshop was made possible thanks to support from the City of East Lansing, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.
Dr. Kathleen Berzock | Wednesday, March 11 | 107 S. Kedzie| 6pm
Dr. Kathleen Berzock is the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, at the Block Museum, at Northwestern, specializing in African art. Her co-edited book (with Christa Clark) Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010) chronicles more than a century of building and presenting collections of African art in the United States.
WORKSHOP: Honoring the Journey: a Poetry Workshop on Creating through Loss and Pain
Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:30-8PM | MSU Union Art Gallery / MSU Room, MSU Union
Lead by Kimberly Ann Priest, Assistant Professor, Writing Rhetoric and American Culture
Emotions that arise from loss—such as grief, fear, and depression—can be difficult to process, especially when they are stigmatized in public spaces or dismissed by those close to us. Nevertheless, these emotions continue to require our attention until we are willing to give them the care that they so desperately need. Psychology has long recognized the value of art to the process of working through these emotions because the act of creation, or making things, is empowering.
As part of the exhibit We are Worth Everything: Survivors as Themselves, I invite you to make things out of these emotions. On Thursday, March 12 from 6:30-8pm we will weave object and experience to craft poems that give voice to the contradictory nature of our journeys as carriers of loss and pain and all their accompanying emotions. Come create, write, and map these journeys with us.
Attendees should come prepared to write with notebook and writing utensil as well as an object or objects that reflect or memorialize part of their journey with a particular loss and/or pain. Workshop is suitable to ages thirteen and up and can accommodate up to twenty-four participants. To RSVP please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of the chapbooks Still Life (PANK, 2020), Parrot Flower (Glass 2020), and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP 2018). Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals and she is a winner of the 2019 Heartland Poetry Prize from New American Press. Her creative work carefully observes the intersections between trauma, sexual assault, chaos narratives, and grief. A former book reviewer for NewPages and intern with Sundress Publications, she is currently Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing at Michigan State University and an associate editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. You can find her work at kimberlyannpriest.com
Jessica Bellamy | Wednesday, April 1 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm
Jessica Bellamy is a Motion Infographic designer from Louisville Kentucky. Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. As a Design Justice advocate, Bellamy started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information. Bellamy created GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio, who solely works with nonprofits and community groups.
Ann Hamilton | Wednesday, April 8 | MSU Union Ballroom | 7pm
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally acclaimed for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations. Her site-responsive process works with common materials to invoke particular places, collective voices, and communities of labor. Hamilton is a Distinguished University Professor at The Ohio State University.
For more information about Ann Hamilton and her work please visit:
Poet, essayist, playwright, and the editor of several anthologies. She is the author of five volumes of poetry, two plays, and various essays.
Her book of poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Award; the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the first book in the award’s history to be nominated in both poetry and criticism; the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the 2015 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry; the 2015 PEN Open Book Award; the 2015 PEN American Center USA Literary Award; the 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary Award; and the 2015 VIDA Literary Award. Citizen was also a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award and the 2015 T.S. Eliot Prize. It is the only poetry book to be a New York Times Bestseller in the nonfiction category.
The Lecture will begin at 7 pm, however doors open at 6 pm. The lecture will be livecast on the web and overflow rooms for visitors may be provided. A reception will immediately follow. A pop-up Book Sale table will be available to purchase works by Claudia Rankine.
About the Signature Lecture Series
Originally founded as the Celebrity Lecture Series in 1998 by the College of Arts & Letters and the Dean’s Community Council, the series was later renamed the Signature Lecture Series in 20017 and allows notable public figures to interact and engage with the faculty, students, and greater community of Michigan State University through conversations and discussions.
The popularity of this series has attracted some of the most illustrious scholars, critics, novelists, poets, film producers, and creative artists of our time, including Soledad O’Brien, Ken Burns, Oliver Stone, Richard Ford, and Maya Angelou, just to name a few.
Sponsors of the Signature Lecture Series are the following:
- College of Arts & Letters
- Broad Art Museum
- MSU Libraries
- Department of English
- Creative Writing Program
- Film Studies Program
- Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
This event is being held in collaboration with the MSU Broad Art Museum Artist’s Project Series “John Lucas and Claudia Rankine: Situations” Exhibition. The MSU Broad presents, for the first time in a solo exhibition, the entire series of Situation videos collaboratively produced by documentary filmmaker John Lucas and poet Claudia Rankine since 2008. The videos address the vexed notion of a post-racial United States, a term coined in the Obama era to assert that the election of an African American president indicated the achievement of racial equality, by foregrounding the public and private experiences of black Americans. The exhibition is on February 8-May 31, 2020.