RECEPTION January 19, 6-8PM, REMARKS 7PM
Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-8PM for the opening reception for In the absence of sight, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto at (SCENE) Metrospace. Opening Remarks will be offerd at 7PM.
In the absence of sight is a new body of work that draws on the erasures of Pilipinx people by American occupiers during the era of US colonialism in the early 1900s. Through an investigation of American archival photographs, postcards, and images housed in various collections in Michigan and Washington DC, this work reimagines erasure as an opening to speculate other forms of presence. While early depictions and characterizations of the Philippines projected a “savage” people “unfit for self-government”, US colonial officers, journalists, and writers used images of Indigenous Pilipinx people as a mechanism of persuasion to justify their sustained occupation to the American public. Though visual abjection often manifested in images of Pilipinx people either dead or in captivity persisting over three decades, this intervention draws on Pilipinx mythology of the Aswang, a shape shifting ghost-like spirit that wreaks havoc on its targets and their communities. In positioning Indigenous and mestizx resistance to US occupation as a metaphorical permutation of the Aswang, this work foregrounds Pilipinx sovereignty as a way to begin to challenge the formations of representation by the American colonial political agenda.
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception
A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.
JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM
Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.
Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.
Los Angeles-based textile artist Karen Hampton examines the African American diaspora and explores her personal and ancestral narrative through the art of embroidery, coupled with found textiles and a multitude of textile techniques. Her work recounts her own complex family history and gives voice to long-forgotten stories that tell about African-American experience.
New York based Joanne Greenbaum’s paintings are energetic profusions of overlapping techniques and colors, featuring clusters of architectural forms, irregular shapes, and doodle-like lines. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, and many others.
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. Based in Chicago, his work has been shown at the MCA, SAIC, and SOMArts, among many others. Acierto is also a founding member of contemporary chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Dr. Elizabeth Sanders introduced many of the tools and methods being used today to drive and/ or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Sanders teaches Design at The Ohio State University and is the founder of MakeTools. Recently she co-authored Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End Design.
Dr. Joanne Turney is a Design Historian specializing in textiles and fashion as material culture. Turney teaches at the University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art in the UK. Her book, The Culture of Knitting, is seminal knitwear research and is the framework for understanding the complicated position of knitwear in contemporary culture.
TITUS KAPHAR / NOVEMBER 5 / MSU Union Ball Room /6PM
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Titus Kaphar lives and works on the east coast. Kaphar’s
mixed media work, speaks to the most vital discussions happening around race,
diversity, and reconciliation in the U.S. Kaphar exposes how all depictions, no matter
how personal or grandiose, are always fictional, imperfect, and capable of being
remade. He is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence
Fellowship as well as the 2015 Creative Capital Award and 2016 Rauschenberg Artist
as Activist Fellowship.
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