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Feb
15
Wed
Student Forum on Anti-Semitism @ MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center
Feb 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Student Forum on Anti-Semitism @ MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

DISCUSSION FORUM: STUDENT FORUM ON ANTI-SEMITISM

MSU Hillel and the Jewish Studies Program come together to hear from students about their experiences with antisemitism and to educate them in how combat discrimination of all kinds. Co-sponsored by MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center and the Office of Institutional Equity.

Jan
19
Fri
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
WATER Puerto Rico......Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception

A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Designer-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.

JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM

Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.

Artist Statement:
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.

Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Designer-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.

Feb
26
Mon
“Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation” with Lauren Pond @ Wells Hall, A118
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm
"Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation" with Lauren Pond @ Wells Hall, A118 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

For more than a century, Pentecostal Signs Followers have handled venomous snakes during worship services, risking death as evidence of their unwavering faith. What is their faith about, and what motivates them to continue their potentially lethal practices across generations?

Jan
21
Mon
The Wash (as it seams) @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm
The Wash (as it seams) @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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 b@babetteshaw.com.

Feb
8
Fri
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

Feb
23
Sat
Learning Symposium: A Conversation Among CALLeagues @ Wells Hall (B-Wing Classrooms)
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The primary activity at this event will be low-stakes, open house-style Table Presentations with “lightning talks” focusing specifically on Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ed tech tools and practices more generally. MSU’s Center for Language Training and Advancement (CeLTA) and hosts Adam Gacs (German) and Shannon Spasova (Russian) will also facilitate several presentations that will be broadcast and recorded for online participants.

Mar
15
Fri
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Mar 15 – May 11 all-day
Costume Party at the Moslem Temple, Qais Assali, Artist/Designer in Residence: Critical Race Studies @MSU Union Art Gallery @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Mar
23
Sat
2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Mar 23 – May 5 all-day
2019 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition @ MSU Broad Art Museum | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

May
17
Fri
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

TEXTSCAPE

Hongtao Zhou

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).

Sep
16
Mon
Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Atul Bhalla Visiting Artist Lecture @ 105 S. Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Atul Bhalla | Monday, September 16 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist who uses photography, performance, video, sculpture, and installation to immerse himself in the physical, historical, spiritual, and political significance of water. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Art and Performance Art at Shiv Nadar University in India.