Fundamentals of Comic Art and Graphic Novel students from this semester will have their work featured at Hollow Mountain Comics and Games in East Lansing, MI. This in-store signing on Saturday, December 8th begins at 12pm and ends at 2pm. Stop-in to purchase a copy of their comic books and get it signed by the artist.
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 email@example.com.
BABETTE SHAW / JANUARY 31 / 326 NATURAL SCIENCE / 6PM Photography-based social practice artist, Babette Shaw addresses issues concerning gender and race constructions and disparities in contemporary culture, as well as their archaic underpinnings. Shaw teaches at UNC, Greensboro and her lecture accompanies a solo exhibition at the MSU Union Art Gallery.
MOREHSHIN ALLAHYARI / FEBRUARY 6 / 326 NATURAL SCIENCE /6PM
Morehshin Allahyari is an Iranian artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical tool set to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective struggles. Allahyari is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HELINA METAFERIA / FEBRUARY 20 / MSU BROAD / 7PM
Helina Metaferia is an AAHD Artist in Residence: Critical Race Studies. Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, installation, and collage. Her research is devoted to asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression. Her lecture is presented in association with a solo exhibition at (SCENE) Metrospace.
This lecture is additionally sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.
SETH / FEB 22 / MSU LIBRARY GREEN ROOM / 7PM
Seth is the award-winning cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookavile. He is also the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably the collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright. Seth is the 2019 Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker.
DR QIANA WHITTED / FEBRUARY 23 / MSU LIBRARY BEAL ROOM / 12PM
Dr. Qiana Whitted teaches at USC, her research focuses on African-American literary studies and American comic books. Her most recently published articles and book chapters explore race, genre, and comics in representations of historical figures such as Nat Turner, Stagger Lee, and Emmett Till. Her forthcoming book on race and social protest in 1950s EC comics will be published in 2019. Whitted is the 2019 Comics Forum Scholar Keynote Speaker.