Please stop into (SCENE) Metrospace to see our latest exhibition traveling to us from Bloomington, Indiana where it was recently on view at I Fell Gallery. COMMAND + N was co-curated by Anna Buckner and Sul-Jee Scully of Command Zine and Bill Bass and Raphael Cornford of Noise Project. This special exhibition brings together the work of nine artists; Roxana Azar, Israel Campos, Zachary Carlisle Davidson, Jonathan McFadden, Rowland Ricketts, Saman Sajasi, Caleb Weintraub, Tyler Wilkinson, and Chad Wys.
I can’t follow everything going on. You can’t either. I can grab a few strands here and there, focusing my reading and my podcast listening and my conversations. Still, I’m falling woefully short. I know that any sources I access have bias, that I’ve been lied to by dominant narratives across media forms, that my experiences have been misrepresented if represented at all.
So let art speak to us all at once and emotively and with information and through reference and via updated, augmented, and even subverted traditions. For art does
indeed reveal our new narratives and emergent mythologies, forces that selectively continue and negate aspects of their older counterparts. “But which art?” you
might ask, “Where? How? Will there be beer?”
NOISE and COMMAND Zine co-curate the exhibition “COMMAND + N,” a traveling group show of artists whosework is invaluable, transformative and alive, acting upon us just as much as we respond in turn. Working across multiple media these artists reveal untold stories, recontexualize traditions, speak from marginalized identities, and play with the boundaries between digital and tangible.
Bringing together an expertise that spans the contemporary fields of painting, textile, printmaking, photography, comics and digital art, the curators present two exhibitions at I Fell in Bloomington, IN and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, MI, highlighting selected works as simultaneously discrete narrative objects and cohesively indicative of the story of our time.
MSU Union Art Gallery
49 Abbott Road, Rm. 230, East Lansing, MI 48824
The Wash (As It Seams)
Solo exhibition featuring the work of Babette Shaw.
January 21 – March 2, 2019
Artist Lecture January 31 6pm, Natural Science Rm. 326
Exhibition Reception February 1, 6 – 8pm
Babette Shaw Artist Statement
As human beings, we communicate through language, visual and verbal. We have within us an innate desire to connect with one another, yet our language, essential to communication, often serves to polarize us both interpersonally and through the maintenance of institutionalized systems of dominance, oppression, and coercion. Inherent within our language are misogynistic words, phrases, and ideals that inform us and affect the way we interact with one another.
Inception of this work began with a certain group of political leaders speaking mis-information about womxn’s bodies; as a consequence, most womxn, regardless of party alignment, voted against their interests. Yet, statements and occurrences made public throughout the recent United States election processes reveal what low-base views we are willing to accept about womxn, however damaging or oppressive to the potential growth beyond them. Misogynistic language, gendered ideals, gendered scripts influence our politics, our laws, our institutions, the wage gap, our public and personal spaces, our social and interpersonal relationships. These bodies of work are representative of personal narratives and of individual womxn who have chosen to share their stories.
Babette Shaw Bio
Babette Shaw, native to California, is an exhibiting photography-based social practice artist whose work includes photography, sculpture, fiber art, installation, and the written or spoken word.
She received her MFA in Photography from The University of Memphis with undergraduate academic pursuits in fine art photography, creative writing, and gender studies. As an artist, she addresses issues concerning gender and race constructions and disparities in contemporary culture, as well as their historic and archaic underpinnings. Shaw currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Alongside her art practice and her teaching, she has served on numerous panels for organizations, including the National Center for Research on Women (CROW), and has given lectures at various academic and community-based institutions. Her work is in public and private collections across the country.
Shaw is here to engage the Michigan State University campus as Visiting Artist and Scholar to invite students, past and present (as well as other members from the community), to participate in one of her social practice projects, The Panty Project, which is designed to help individuals and communities heal from gendered and sexual trauma and abuse. While on campus, Shaw will be meeting with womxn from the greater MSU community who have chosen to share their stories as part of this ongoing work. If you are interested in participating in The Panty Project, please email email@example.com.
BY WAY OF REVOLUTION
Solo exhibition featuring the work of Helina Metaferia, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.
February 8 – March 29, 2019
Reception Friday, February 8 6–8pm
Please join (SCENE) Metrospace and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of By Way of Revolution on Friday, February 8 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Helina Metaferia.
By Way of Revolution is an interdisciplinary exhibition that utilizes the mediums of collage, installation, video, performance, participation, and social engagement to address the inherited histories of protest that inform contemporary social movements. As a 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University, Metaferia developed a body of work by collaborating with female descendants of prominent historical black activists; with MSU students, faculty, and staff who identify as women of color; with MSU Libraries Special Collections; with MSU’s Broad Art Museum exhibitions; and with members of the greater Michigan community to develop art objects and experiences that are meant to inspire social change and new directions for our collective future. Considered a “living exhibition,” the project will continue to evolve over its seven week installment, with an active schedule of programs and a participatory installation that expands overtime.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. The performance participants were Alyssa Briones, Tyler Collier, Ashera Douglass, Melani Douglass, Jade Gallant, Ayannah Gregory, Tama Hamilton-Wray, Kamya Harrison, Olivia Furman, Azya Moore, Olivia Moses, Leonora Paula, Kristin Denise Rowe, Diondra Straiton, and Paula Whaley. The partnering student, faculty, and community organizations are Black Lives Matter of Michigan, Black Student Union, MSU Blackbook, Sister Circle, Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum, and Women of Color Initiatives.
By Way of Revolution is organized by (SCENE) Metrospace at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Libary Special Collections, Fountainhead Residency and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Alumni Traveling Grant.
Please see below for a complete list of Programs associated with the exhibition.
Wednesday, February 20, 7pm @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Artist Helina Metaferia will discuss the core themes, research, and creation of By Way of Revolution. She will give an overview of her artistic practice as an interdisciplinary artist, and how community building and storytelling has served as the premise for her practice.
Performance: “The Now”
Wednesday, March 27, 7pm @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Artist Helina Metaferia will create a performance that engages the related themes in both her solo exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery, By Way of Revolution, with the exhibition If Only We Could Dream Together, an exhibition curated by Associate Curator Carla Acevedo-Yates at the MSU Broad Art Museum. The performance considers our constructed identities as Americans, our complex relationships to historical pasts, and our visions for a sustainable future.
Community, student, and faculty organization-led programs:
Keys To Success: The Black Book Creation
Hosted by the Creators of the MSU Black Book
Saturday, February 16, 2pm to 4pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
The MSU Black Book is a welcome guide created by and for black students on campus, inspired by the historic Green Book. The founders of the MSU Black Book will lead an open discussion panel that discusses the importance of guidance, unity, and collaboration as fundamental components of success. They will also discuss the creation of the MSU Black Book. To view the MSU Black Book, please visit: http://bit.ly/MSUBlackBook
Four Directions Healing Wellness Workshop
Hosted by the Women of Color Initiatives
Sunday February 24 and Sunday March 17, 3pm-5pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
As womxn of color we hail from indigenous tribes which have all suffered oppression, rape, genocide, marginalization and erasure. This movement and ritual-based workshop will help participants explore the impact of those wounds in our day-to-day lives, how to honor them and foster healing in a positive way and how to create intentional tribe and ritual in our immediate community. The issues reside in our tissues. This workshop is designed to provide participants tools to implement healing practices for body, mind, spirit to survive, heal and thrive in today’s world.
Black Student Union Monthly Meeting
Hosted by Black Student Union
Tuesday, March 19, 6pm-8pm @ SCENE Metrospace Gallery
The Black Student Alliance’s March General Assembly meeting will be a conversation on the topic of “Colorism.” We will discuss definitions of colorism and explore the implications of it that are associated with the African diaspora. Our goal is to share with the community what happens as a result of the division associated with colorism and uncover ways we can combat such division.
Harriet’s Apothecary Healing Retreat
Hosted by Sister Circle
Friday, March 22, 5pm-7pm @ (SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
This retreat style event is hosted by Sister Circle and will be conducted by the group Harriet’s Apothecary, who are based in New York City. The event will include mindfulness meditation and a resistance circle. We will explore self-care practices that offer the community tangible tools to deepen our individual and collective healing skills, and to create individualized self-care plans and practices.
By Way of Revolution Performance Workshop
Hosted by Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum and Artist Helina Metaferia
Saturday, March 23, @ Erickson Kiva Hall
This workshop, lead by artist Helina Metaferia during the Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum, will investigate the role of performance in our everyday lives. The artist will lead participants through a series of writing and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements.
Dream Big: Step Into Power
Hosted by Black Lives Matter Michigan
Sunday, March 24, 11am-2pm @ SCENE Metrospace Gallery
Black Lives Matter Michigan invites you to a day of celebrating Black Love, Black Joy, and Black Political Power. We will break bread and decide what we want for ourselves and our families with the loving support of Rukia Lumumba from Jackson, MS (Peoples’ Advocacy Institute, LumumbaForMayor.com, Movement for Black Lives Electoral Justice Project). For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
HELINA METAFERIA / FEBRUARY 20 / MSU BROAD / 7PM
Helina Metaferia is an AAHD Artist in Residence: Critical Race Studies. Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, installation, and collage. Her research is devoted to asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression. Her lecture is presented in association with a solo exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace.
This lecture is additionally sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.
The primary activity at this event will be low-stakes, open house-style Table Presentations with “lightning talks” focusing specifically on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ed tech tools and practices more generally. MSU’s Center for Language Training and Advancement (CeLTA) and hosts Adam Gacs (German) and Shannon Spasova (Russian) will also facilitate several presentations that will be broadcast and recorded for online participants.
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple
An exhibition featuring MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
March 15- May 11, 2019
Reception: March 15, 2019 6–8PM
Artist Lecture: March 20, 2019 @MSU Broad Art Museum, 7PM
Please join the MSU Union Art Gallery and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of Costume Party at the Moslem Temple on Friday, March 15 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
Assali’s interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. Parade Float was made in collaboration with Syrian-American Artist Amanda Assaley. Mosaic Fountain was made by Syrian-American Artist Michael Howard. O My Lord, Increase me in Knowledge, was painted by Syrian-American Artist Reem Taki.
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple is organized by the MSU Union Art Gallery at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition and associated programming is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the MSU Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MSU Museum, MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, MSU Library Special Collections, MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Students United for Palestinian Rights, University of Michigan Special Collections Research Center, and the Arab American National Museum. Special thanks to Deborah Margolis, Jose Luis Benavides, Sally Howell, Penny Gardner, Becky Gaines, and Michael Dean.
Qais Assali (b. 1987 Palestine) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University. His works with video, installation, lecture performance, sound, photography, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies.
Assali’s work has been internationally exhibited at Jeune création, Paris (2016); 6018North, Chicago (2018); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); The Overlook Place, Chicago (2018); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015); and Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine including Al-Ummah College, Jerusalem, Palestine. Assali holds two master’s degrees – an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School.
2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
March 23 – May 5, 2019 @Broad Art Museum
Reception March 23 6-8pm, Remarks at 6:30pm
The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination of a three-year program in which artists explore their creative practice under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee. Extensive study in a medium or area of concentration, combined with coursework in the history of art and related fields, helps each artist situate their work within the broad field of contemporary art and design practice. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design celebrates the creative research of Laurén Brady, Chelsea Markuson, Mary Peacock, Mehrdad Sedaghat, and Andrew Somoskey as evidence of their achievement and continuing promise.
This year the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The 2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is organized by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, Curatorial Assistant. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.