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Oct
28
Sun
Nov
1
Thu
Closing Reception and Mural Exhibition for Nanibah Chacon @ Lookout! Gallery, Snyder Hall
Nov 1 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Closing Reception and Mural Exhibition for Nanibah Chacon @ Lookout! Gallery, Snyder Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Don’t miss the opening reception for this exhibit on Thursday, November 1 from 4-6 p.m.

The Residential College in the Arts and Humantities presents the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery exhibition Nanibah Chacon: Ni’ hoosdzáán (The Female Ground), featuring the work of Nanibah Chacon, muralist, artist, and Womxn of Color Initiative Artist-in-Residence.

As an artist, Nanibah Chacon creates public artworks, engaging community and the local landscape. Research, planning and community involvement is essential to the creation of her place-based practice. In creating murals, Nanibah’s current trajectory is based upon the insertion of an Indigenous presence into colonized urban landscapes. Her use of imagery provokes questions connecting us to forgotten uses of landscape, traditions, and people.

While at MSU, Nanibah will focus her work on stories, relationships and the reintroduction of manoomin, wild rice, to the Michigan landscape. She is interested in this area of research and dialogue as it breaches multiple forefronts: food sovereignty, health and spiritualism. As part of her WoCI Artist-in-Residency, Nanibah will host a series of listening gatherings with elders, students, and community participants in the Great Lakes region, supported by the academic resources of MSU in the area of research. The community gatherings and MSU research materials will inform the content and imagery of Nanibah’s work, which will produce a mural speaking to the knowledge shared in the gatherings. The mural will engage the local and urban community with inspired importance around the protection and preservation of monomania. A proper unveiling and dialogue will be organized at the end of this project to celebrate the efforts of all involved and the creation of the work.

The exhibition is open until November 21, Monday-Friday: noon-3 p.m.

Nov
30
Fri
Diversity Research Network Share Out! Session @ MSU Union, Mosaic Center Conference Room
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Diversity Research Network Share Out! Session @ MSU Union, Mosaic Center Conference Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The DRN is proud to showcase four MSU faculty members who will share current and evolving work. Faculty will present a 5-7 minute flash talk for the purposes of gathering your constructive feedback and discussion in a supportive environment.

The Share Out! will take place Friday, November 30, 2018 from 12:00 – 2:30 pm at the MSU Union, Mosaic Center Conference Room. Lunch will begin at 12 noon and flash talks will take place between 12:30 – 2:00 pm. The remainder of the time will be used for broad discussion and research networking.

Flash presenters & titles for this session are:
Vicki Lawrence-Johnson – Community Health, Health Equity, and Resilience to Stress: Promoting Population Health Over the Life Course in Vulnerable Communities
Julian Chambliss – The 100: Who Are the Greatest Black Comic Book Characters
Rocio Quispe-Agnoli – Gendering the Social History of Peru: Indigenous and Mestizo Women’s Testaments (1550-1810)
Jennifer Cobbina – Community Response and Policing in Ferguson

Feb
8
Fri
Johns Hopkins Professor to Talk History, Blackness and the Digital @ MSU International Center, Room 303
Feb 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Johns Hopkins Professor to Talk History, Blackness and the Digital @ MSU International Center, Room 303 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Other sponsors include Womxn of Color Initiatives, the Department of English and the English Feminisms, Gender and Sexualities Workshop.

Lunch will be provided.

 

 

By Way of Revolution, Helina Metaferia Solo Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Feb 8 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm
By Way of Revolution, Helina Metaferia Solo Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Artist Lecture
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 angela@oneloveglobal.org

Mar
23
Sat
Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum @ Erickson Hall KIVA (Room 103)
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Women of Color Embodied Knowledge Forum @ Erickson Hall KIVA (Room 103) | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A forum for engaging and highlighting the unique knowledges, ways of being, and literacies of Women of Color. During this forum, participants will have the opportunity to learn about, engage with, and participate in various literacy practices informed by the embodied knowledges of Women of Color and their
respective cultural, ethnic, and racialized experiences in our world. The forum will consist of a series of workshops, panel discussions, presentations, and think-spaces for informal networking and conversations.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Emily & Adaku of Harriet’s Apothecary
  • Christy Bieber Anishinaabekwe Artist, Filmmaker & Cultural Worker with #TheAadizookaan
  • Helina Metaferia Visiting Assistant Professor/Artist in Residence of Critical Race Studies
  • Kelly Church & Cherish Parrish a mother and daughter team that come from an unbroken line of black ash basket makers

This full day event is free and open to the public, but requires registration online. For more details or inquiries, contact us at furmanol@msu.edu

This event was made possible by a Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant provided by the
MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. Event Sponsors: Womxn of Color
Initiatives, Department of Community Sustainability, Department of Teacher Education,
Department of Philosophy, Sister Circle (Creating Inclusive Excellence Initiative), and the
American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program.