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Mar
15
Fri
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Mar 15 – May 11 all-day
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Apr
22
Mon
Play Performance: Indecent @ RCAH Theater
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Play Performance: Indecent @ RCAH Theater | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel’s Indecent is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance. Members of the cast and crew will present selections from the play Indecent, which they are performing in June.

Apr
23
Tue
Our Table: Reducing Your Foodprint @ Wells Hall, MSU Hub
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This semester, Sandra Logan, Associate Professor of English and Director of the College of Arts & Letters’ Citizen Scholars program, and Dana Kirk, Assistant Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Director of Michigan State University’s Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center, teamed up to offer MSU’s first ISB/IAH combination course: “the food waste challenge.”

Throughout the semester, Kirk and Logan’s students have brainstormed ways to help the MSU and East Lansing communities learn more about our food waste problem. Join these students for an Our Table conversation on why we should pay attention to food waste and what we can do to waste less.

Apr
28
Sun
Shostakovich Symphony 13 Project @ The Wharton Center
Apr 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Shostakovich Symphony 13 Project @ The Wharton Center  | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

This concert features the very powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar,” and “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Charles Davidson. A setting of poems by the renowned Soviet writer Evgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich’s work significantly memorialized the 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews by Nazi forces at Baba Yar.