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.
The Summer Abroad Fair will showcase education abroad programs that are still available for 2019. All programs offer academic credit and range from two to eight weeks.
MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI / FEBRUARY 6 / 326 NATURAL SCIENCE /6PM
Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical tool set to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective struggles. Allahyari is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook.
2/7 Real Genius (Martha Coolidge, 1985)
Presented by Julian Chambliss
While classic is perhaps too strong a description, Real Genius (1985) offers a snapshot of1980s filmmaking about cold war anxiety that we should not ignore. While more serious films about the Reagan Era military escalation define cinematic discussions of the era, we should consider how the comedy does not prevent this film from adroitly addressing longstanding fears about the military industrial complex.
Michigan State University’s College of Arts & Letters will host Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, for a talk “Dark Codex: History, Blackness and the Digital.”
Johnson is a historian of Atlantic slavery and the Atlantic African diaspora, where she has a special interest in research focusing on black diasporic freedom struggles from slavery to emancipation.
As a digital humanist, Johnson explores ways in which digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, particularly comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent.
Lunch will be provided.
We hope that all of you are having a great start of the new semester. Please mark your calendars for this year’s Surviving Grad School Panel. We will have some panelists from the SLS and TESOL this time. We will answer your various questions related to how we could navigated through the program successfully. To make the question answer session systematic, we would like to request you all to go through the link provided below and write 2-3 questions that you would like to ask the panelists. We will compile the questions according to themes and will send them to the panelists beforehand. Of course, we will have opportunities to ask questions as they emerge from the interactions. We request you all to answer the survey by 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 5.
Please submit your questions ahead of time here:
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.