ZIG JACKSON / OCTOBER 8 / B310 WELLS / 7PM
Photographer and Professor at SCAD, Zig Jackson identifies and tackles issues that sometimes radically different Native American tribes have in common such as how to deal with tourism. marketing, myth, traditions, and stereotyping. He uses his work to raise awareness about cultural identity, representation, and appropriation to touch on issues like paternalism, sovereignty, and commodification.
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RENEE MUSSAI / OCTOBER 25 / 107 S KEDZIE / 6PM
London-based curator, writer, and art historian, Renée Mussai is Curator and head of Archive at Autograph ABP, an arts charity that works internationally in photography and film, addressing themes of cultural identity, race, representation and human rights.
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.
TITUS KAPHAR / NOVEMBER 5 / MSU Union Ball Room /6PM
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Titus Kaphar lives and works on the east coast. Kaphar’s
mixed media work, speaks to the most vital discussions happening around race,
diversity, and reconciliation in the U.S. Kaphar exposes how all depictions, no matter
how personal or grandiose, are always fictional, imperfect, and capable of being
remade. He is the distinguished recipient of the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence
Fellowship as well as the 2015 Creative Capital Award and 2016 Rauschenberg Artist
as Activist Fellowship.
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OLIVIA GUDE / NOVEMBER 12 / 107 S KEDZIE / 6PM
Olivia Gude is a Professor of Art Education at SAIC and a Professor Emerita at UIC. Gude is a member of the Council for Policy Studies in Art Education and of the Educational Advisory Board of the PBS series Art 21. Her research focuses on developing new paradigms for visual art curriculum.
This lecture is additionally sponsored by MSU Broad.