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.
Helina Metaferia is one of the two artists invited for the Spring Critical Race Studies Residency program. Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, installation, and collage. Her work, “(Middle) Passage for Dreams” will be displayed at the Broad Art Museum, and she will be working on her current project, “By Way of Revolution” during her time at MSU. There will be a lecture held by Metaferia on February 20 at 7pm at the Broad Museum.
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 email@example.com
Grab some coffee and cake and join the discussion as we hear from faculty in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design with our series of Faculty and Student Workshops. Each workshop features a different theme, inviting the audience to peek behind the scenes of the research practice of our faculty. The third slice, titled On Place, will introduce artists, designers, and scholars whose research addresses the diverse ways we make communities.
In this workshop we will hear from Qais Assali Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies, Laura Cloud, Associate Professor of Studio Art, Jon Frey Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, and Therèsa Winge, Associate Professor of Apparel & Textile Design.
Qais Assali, Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is a visual artist and educator. His work has been internationally exhibited including at Jeune création, Paris (2016); Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); The Overlook Place, Chicago (2018); and solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015) and Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). He has worked as a Lecturer, Research and Teaching Assistant, and Graphic Designer at a number of academic institutions in Palestine. He holds two master’s degrees – an M.F.A. from Bard College and an M.A. in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Nathan Englander (Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, New York University) will discuss his recently published book, Dinner at the Center of the Earth. He is also the author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank—winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The event will be followed by Nathan Englander signing books.
The Digging Up the Past: New Subjects/New Tools event will feature a trans-disciplinary discussion among MSU faculty covering their research and teaching of user-centered digital history, forensic archaeology, African diaspora, Japanese internment camps and more. Audience Q&A will follow.
-Stacey Camp, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Director, Campus Archaeology Program
-Glenn Chambers Jr., Associate Professor, Department of History and Director, African American and African Studies Program
-Siddharth Chandra, Professor, James Madison College and Director, Asian Studies Center
-Noah Kaye, Assistant Professor, Department of History
-Sharon Leon, Associate Professor, Department of History
The panel will be moderated by Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Dean and Professor, Honors College.
Citizen Scholars is excited to be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, who was instrumental in exposing the Flint Water Crisis. Her book, What The Eyes Don’t See, was selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of ‘100 Notable Books of 2018’. She will be speaking on Tuesday, February 26 from 3-5 pm in the MSU Main Library Green Room (4th floor). Please share widely—all are welcome!
By the crusading pediatrician who brought the fight for justice in Flint to the national spotlight, WHAT THE EYES DON’T SEE is a powerful first-hand account of the Flint water crisis, the signature environmental disaster of our time, and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. Here is the dramatic story of how Dr. Mona used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead, and how she courageously went public with her research and faced a brutal backlash. With persistence and single-minded sense of mission, she spoke truth to power. The book explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk. A medical and scientific thriller, the book grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism helped her turn the Flint crisis around. (https://monahannaattisha.com/)
The Panamanian Culture Festival will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26th in the Wells Hall atrium. There will be 5 tables for presentations and food. We encourage Spanish language students and other program partners to attend. Of course, all are welcome!
Please feel free to share this event widely.