This exhibition brings together new and recent projects by participants in the BRIDGE Artist-in-Residence Program at Michigan State University—a three-year-long initiative connecting international, cutting-edge artists with faculty and students across the university’s many colleges. With their shared interests in materiality and topical issues—the dual “matters” invoked in the exhibition title—the artists and their collaborators address a wide range of phenomena through interdisciplinary approaches to research, experimentation, and knowledge production. The exhibition thus reveals an “epistemological turn” in the arts and sciences, focusing on how knowledge is produced and how the process of production inflects meaning and interpretation. This major presentation highlights the incredible resources the university has to offer, and how artists and scientists work together to imagine the future, today.
Featured artists include Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoît Mangin), Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Tagny Duff, HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen), Zbigniew Oksiuta, Kuai Shen, Stelarc, and Sissel Tolaas.
MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences is co-curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator, and Jens Hauser, Guest Curator and MSU Distinguished Affiliated Faculty. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU College of Arts and Letters; MSU BRIDGE Artist-in-Residency Program, directed by Adam Brown, Associate Professor; Science Gallery Lab Detroit; Goethe-Institut Chicago; and the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This week-long study away program in Silicon Valley takes place during summer 2019. Students will earn 3 credits while focusing on networking and career paths in accessibility. The goal of the program is to introduce students to what accessibility is and why it is important, create opportunities to forge networks and develop possible career paths, connect them with alumni and friends of the College, and get a sense of the place and culture of Silicon Valley.
This program will require students to attend several lectures before and after the trip to Silicon Valley. During those meetings, we will lay the groundwork for what accessibility is, and prepare students to visit industry partners. While in Silicon Valley, students will spend the week visiting Teach Access industry partners, such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Adobe, Microsoft, etc. The week will culminate in small group project presentations to Silicon Valley industry partners.
Come hear a special lecture, “Inside the learners’ mind: Measuring implicit and explicit knowledge of a second language,” by SLS professor Dr. Aline Godfroid. For the full abstract of the talk, CLICK HERE.
Join MSU Federal Credit Union in the MSU Lake Huron Room on January 23, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an evening of guest speakers, food, and prizes at the Career Fair Prep Mixer.
Enjoy appetizers and desserts while learning the ins and outs of networking to prepare you for upcoming career fairs, interviews, and professional events, all while making new connections with other students and professionals. You will also learn more about the dos and don’ts of resume writing, followed by tips on how to use LinkedIn to find the internship or job of your dreams.
Attendees will have the opportunity to win raffle prizes and gift cards, and the student organization with the most attendees will win $100 for their organization!
This premiere screening of more than a dozen cinepoems celebrates the collaboration of filmmakers and poets from the MSU Film Studies Program, the RCAH Center for Poetry, and other filmmakers and poets from across the region.
This program is brought to you by the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) in collaboration with academic faculty from the UK. The program will be delivered by Dr Lucy Thompson, who is a feminist psychologist from the UK but now based in Lansing, Michigan. In the program, students will experience London as a global site of power and knowledge. Together, we will examine London as a place of great diversity, but also as a place of great inequality. Learning activities will combine traditional lectures and tutorials with on-site learning, guest lectures from UK-based feminist academics, walks, tours, and trips further afield. Our on-site learning activities will take place at locations such as the Natural History Museum, Houses of Parliament, Tate Modern, and the British Library. To celebrate international Pride month, we will also make a trip to Soho Pride. We will also take a day trip to the North of England to visit Feminist Archive North – a large archive of materials from British feminist movements based at the University of Leeds.
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