Costume Party at the Moslem Temple
An exhibition featuring MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
March 15- May 11, 2019
Reception: March 15, 2019 6–8PM
Artist Lecture: March 20, 2019 @MSU Broad Art Museum, 7PM
Please join the MSU Union Art Gallery and the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design in celebrating the opening of Costume Party at the Moslem Temple on Friday, March 15 beginning at 6pm, remarks will be offered at 6:30pm. This solo exhibition features the work of MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Qais Assali.
Assali’s interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. This exhibition was made possible thanks to collaborations with many others. Parade Float was made in collaboration with Syrian-American Artist Amanda Assaley. Mosaic Fountain was made by Syrian-American Artist Michael Howard. O My Lord, Increase me in Knowledge, was painted by Syrian-American Artist Reem Taki.
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple is organized by the MSU Union Art Gallery at Michigan State University. Support for this exhibition and associated programming 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 Museum, MSU Library Digital Scholarship Lab, MSU Library Special Collections, MSU Muslim Studies Program, MSU Students United for Palestinian Rights, University of Michigan Special Collections Research Center, and the Arab American National Museum. Special thanks to Deborah Margolis, Jose Luis Benavides, Sally Howell, Penny Gardner, Becky Gaines, and Michael Dean.
Qais Assali (b. 1987 Palestine) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University. His works with video, installation, lecture performance, sound, photography, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies.
Assali’s work has been internationally exhibited at Jeune création, Paris (2016); 6018North, Chicago (2018); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); The Overlook Place, Chicago (2018); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015); and Khan Al Wakala, Nablus (2016). Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine including Al-Ummah College, Jerusalem, Palestine. Assali holds two master’s degrees – an MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from Bard College Milton Avery Graduate School.
Qais Assali is one of the two artists invited for the Spring Critical Race Studies Residency program. Assali is an artist, designer, and educator whose work, “Doubling Displacement” will be displayed as a part of the program. Assali’s project creates connections between the U.S Midwest and the Middle East, as well as the past and the present, to question the political future. Assali will hold a lecture at the Broad Art Museum on March 20 at 7pm.
2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
March 23 – May 5, 2019 @Broad Art Museum
Reception March 23 6-8pm, Remarks at 6:30pm
The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination of a three-year program in which artists explore their creative practice under the supervision of a faculty guidance committee. Extensive study in a medium or area of concentration, combined with coursework in the history of art and related fields, helps each artist situate their work within the broad field of contemporary art and design practice. The Department of Art, Art History, and Design celebrates the creative research of Laurén Brady, Chelsea Markuson, Mary Peacock, Mehrdad Sedaghat, and Andrew Somoskey as evidence of their achievement and continuing promise.
This year the annual Master of Fine Arts Prize will be awarded to an outstanding candidate by guest juror Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The 2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition is organized by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, with curatorial oversight by Georgia Erger, Curatorial Assistant. Support for this exhibition is provided by the Graduate School at MSU and the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.
UNDERGRADUATE EXHIBITION 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, April 5th
6:00-8:00PM // Remarks & Awards at 7PM
SHOW DATES: April 5 – April 28
Join us on Friday, April 5th from 6:00-8:00PM for the opening reception for the 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace. The 2019 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Undergraduate Exhibition marks an important achievement for our student exhibitors. These students continue a long history preceded by thousands of alumni who have shown in past Undergraduate Exhibitions at MSU. Centered in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection, undergraduate students across all disciplines make intellectual and artistic discoveries. This exhibition features a sampling of coursework from Apparel & Textile Design, Ceramics, Comics, Drawing, Electronic Art & Intermedia, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.
Alison Wong, Guest Juror
Alison Wong is first-generation Chinese American artist, curator, and educator based in Detroit, MI. Wong received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Primarily working in the field of painting and drawing, Wong takes inspiration from her personal histories and her professional practice as and Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects, founder of Butter Projects, and Adjunct Faculty at College for Creative Studies.
The Open House celebration of ISDay (International Sculpture Day) is Saturday, April 27 from 12:00pm-4:00pm, located in the Sculpture Building. The open house features work by graduate students Mary Peacock and Marcos Serafim, as well as graduating senior Richard Tanner. There’s also course work from Construction/Fabrication and Installation/Mixed Media. Come enjoy food, fun, and great conversations!
Current exhibitions featuring sculpture students:
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, The Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
(SCENE) Metrospace: The 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition
This concert features the very powerful Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar,” and “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” by Charles Davidson. A setting of poems by the renowned Soviet writer Evgeny Yevtushenko, Shostakovich’s work significantly memorialized the 1941 massacre of Ukrainian Jews by Nazi forces at Baba Yar.
Come support Daniel Isbell as he defends his Ph.D. Dissertation on Diagnostic Language Assessment. Dan will be back from South Korea where he spent a year with a Dissertation Support Grant from the U.S. Fulbright Program. The committee membership includes Dan’s Fulbright/Korean-site mentor, SLS alumnus Dr. Junkyu Lee (MSU SLS 2009), who is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of TESOL at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, where Dan collected most of his data.