Presenters: Drs. Lynn Wolff and Matthew Handelman
In this workshop, we will present a major component of our newly revised third-year German language and culture course that was piloted during the fall 2017 semester: Our work with the graphic novel Der Boxer by Reinhard Kleist (2012) and a digital mapping project that provided ways to explore how time, space, and place are intertwined in the graphic novel’s stories about the Holocaust. This component of the course had two main goals:
(1) Help students gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and Second World War as told in words and images in the graphic novel;
(2) Give students the opportunity to engage with a graphic novel – through visualization, contextualization, description, and analysis – beyond what is possible in the traditional essay form.
By bringing graphic narratives and digital projects into the language classroom, we hope to enable students to critically engage with contemporary approaches to the memory and representation of topics as (seemingly) familiar as the Holocaust. We look forward to sharing the results of this project and to discussing the ways that graphic narratives and digital projects can enhance the study of language and culture.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Leila Malekadeli BFA Solo Exhibition
Kresge Art Center Gallery 114
February 26-March 2, 2018
Identity is fluid. It is pieced together. It intersects. It can be lost and then found. It can bend, break, and be mended. It is a continuous growth.
SemiTransparent features introspection, reflection, and restraint in an amplified, complex retrieval of identity specific to gender, language, and privacy. Although these works speak to my own identity and experience, they are made to be universal. Through the exertion of working in three-dimensions, I labor through my emotions, stubbornness, and vulnerabilities. It forces me to consistently question ideas of self-worth and arbitrary values within the constructs of social hierarchies. I allow my work to dictate the materials used – metal, paper, wood, clay, textile, electronics – and I allow materiality to shape forms that both substantiate and oppose. The idea of lending oneself to a material aids in underscoring my point of view. Working in mixed media, I derive intimacy from the use of scale and monumentality as well as its reversal. The act of repetition illuminates the obsessive qualities embedded in the processes of my work, while allowing the full context to remain elusive to the viewer.
– Leila Malekadeli
Public Art: Understanding and Practice
Kresge Art Center Gallery 114
February 26- March 2, 2018
This exhibition celebrates the eight artists that took on the challenge of a collaborative Mural project. The mural is on permanent display in the Grove Street Alley in East Lansing’s downtown and is titled: A Colorful Melange; We All Belong Here and was made under the guidance of Professor Benjamin Duke.
I invite you to join us summer 2018 for this year’s project.
This class combines travel with artistic production. We will travel to New York City, Grand Rapids and Detroit to see significant works of Public Art and then make some for our community. We will cover all aspects of production from generating a theme, sourcing the image, putting together a professional public art proposal, to execution and instillation of the work.
This exhibition features works from: