Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world.
May 17 – July 12, 2019
Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world. Printing technology was first created in ancient China to reproduce text using woodblocks, however today’s definition had been widely adopted in 3D printing, an additive process more often to create objects instead of duplicate text. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people, as knowledge as well as art. This series of work has variations of braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the contents and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.
Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation. Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China. He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and a visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM). Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia.
Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China, Milan Design Week, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. Centre Pompidou and the University of Virginia collected his work. Hongtao’s work is currently on view in the 2019 Venice Biennale in collaboration with TONTSEN DESIGN in the European Cultural Centre Exhibition.
This exhibition made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special Thanks to Xia Gao, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design. Work shown made possible by Jiabao Zhu, Project Assistant, Making Lab, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation (D&I).
SHOW DATES: July 22 – September 13, 2019
RECEPTION: August 10, 2019, 2-4PM
MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium, features two bodies of work by Robert F. Crawford. Bridging 30 years, the photographs illustrate the lives and experiences of Michigan State University students. Addressing the changing complexities of life, as students search for direction.
The black and white photographs taken in the early 1990s are portraits of MSU students. Along with the portraits, Crawford interviewed student as part of the Generation X: The Hopes and Dreams of College Students Oral History Collection held in the MSU Libraries – G. Vincent Voice Library. These interviews reveal both their backgrounds and reactions to life at Michigan State University. The challenge in both the black and white photography and the interviews was to capture a serious and contemplative side of college life. Both the interviews and the photographs preserve and address how individual students experience college, and how they search for and define their goals.
Taken within the last five years, the color photographs depict the pre-game spontaneity of students. Challenging Crawford to finding a way of interpreting constantly moving subjects in varying light conditions. These photographs feature students observed in front of the fraternity houses near Abbot Road and along Grand River Avenue, and the activities in and around Spartan Stadium. Capturing the colorful precision of the practice sessions of the Spartan Marching Band and the tailgaters covering the green spaces of campus. These images are of the collective and the aftermath. Despite the passage of time, the narration of these photographs has both changed and remained the same.
Robert F. Crawford began his education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After two and a half years he resigned and transferred to Columbia University in New York where he majored in Philosophy. He then worked as a social worker in New York City both in Harlem and on the Bowery. In the 1960s Crawford studied still and motion picture photography at the Germaine School of Photography in New York and then found employment in the film industry as a sound recordist, color timer, and editor. Crawford briefly taught the basics of film production and lighting at the City College of New York in Queens and later at Lansing Community College. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Crawford worked as a cameraman and editor at Michigan State University. His still photographs have been published and exhibited locally and in New York. Crawford’s short films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Columbia University and at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
This exhibition was made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special thanks to Susan J. Bandes, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Director of Museum Studies.
Students currently in the GSAH major or minor, and any other student interested in Global Studies:
- Learn about the degree options in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
- Meet other students, the advisor, the program director, and faculty.
- Meet comic book artists and authors John Jennings and Stacy Robinson.
- Enjoy snacks and pick up MSU swag.
Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities has partnered with Professor Julian Chambliss who is bringing to MSU the creators of Black Kirby. John Jennings and Stacy Robinson will do a brief presentation on their work at the student meet and greet. Read about their visit to MSU here:
After the discussion with Jennings and Robinson, Kate Rendi, the GSAH student advisor, and Professor Salah Hassan, the GSAH Program Director, will lead an informal advising session on our Global Studies degrees.
This event is open to all students and faculty
Make your mark on this annual non-stop drawing extravaganza! Join the MSU Broad and MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design for drawing stations, guided and collaborative drawing, costumed models, and live, performance-inspired drawing prompts. This event is free and open to skill levels and ages.
This event will be hosted at three different locations:
Broad Art Museum, 547 E Circle Dr., East Lansing, MI 48824
Broad Art Lab, 565 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823
(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, East Lansing, MI 48823
jackie sumell | Wednesday, October 2 | Broad Art Museum | 7pm
jackie sumell is an AAHD Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. sumell is a multidisciplinary artist and prison abolitionist inspired most by the lives of everyday people. Her work is anchored at the intersection of activism and education. sumell’s collaboration with Herman Wallace (a prisoner-of-consciousness and member of the “Angola 3”) has positioned her at the forefront of the public campaign to end solitary confinement in the United States.
Support for this lecture is provided by the MSU Federal Credit Union, Broad Art Museum, The College of Arts and Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.