This event is designed to bring creative minds together and introduce the resources that the arts community at MSU has to offer. This year, Creative Collaboration will take the form of an arts festival! We are introducing student artist galleries, art activities, interactive booths, live performances and the chance to meet other students like you. With over 20 student creative organizations present, this event gives MSU students the chance to get involved and make a difference.
Every student at Michigan State University is aware of how big this school is. With over 600 student groups, it can be more than a little confusing and overwhelming to try and get involved or explore your interests when there’s so much information thrown at you on a daily basis, especially during Welcome Week. That’s why we created the MSU Arts Council and CREATIVE COLLABORATION. Now in its fourth year, CREATIVE COLLABORATION was formed under the idea of creating an arts-specific resource fair for new and returning students interested in pursuing creative endeavors and getting involved with the arts here at MSU, as well as creating a strong and collaborative arts community where groups can work together to create amazing events and establish long-term partnerships. Different groups from dance, visual arts, music, theatre, culture, and other art forms set up informational booths that showcase their work, activities, and events, meant to increase awareness and recruit new members. During the event, there are also numerous giveaways and awesome performances from the groups and fellow students. Whether you are looking for a networking opportunity, to improve your artistic skill set, or just for a creative outlet, CREATIVE COLLABORATION brings in groups that offer unique ways to engage with the arts and with MSU. Come out and join us, enjoy some live entertainment, meet new friends, and be a part of this amazing arts community. We hope to see you there!
Dr. Gabrielle Vail specializes in Mayan archaeology, epigraphy, and ethno-history. Deciphering indigenous astronomies and cosmologies as seen in pre-Hispanic Mayan texts and textile designs will be the focus of her talk. Vail is based at UNC, Chapel Hill where she is the Program Director for InHerit: Passed to Present in the Research Labs of Archaeology.
This lecture is additionally sponsored by the Abrams Planetarium, the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, and the Department of Anthropology.
Join MSU Assistant Professor of Art History, Tessa Paneth-Pollak (art.msu.edu/profile/paneth-pollak), to explore the ways artists rely on viewers to “fill in the blanks”. This talk will look at the cardboard reliefs of Dada artist Hans Arp in connection with works by Duchamp, Manzoni, Gober, and others from our current exhibition, The Transported Man. This event is part three of Seeing What Isn’t There, a three-part series running throughout September that investigates the many ways artists invoke the invisible, the unseen, and the hidden.
Learn more about The Transported Man: thetransportedman.broadmuseum.msu.edu/?p=the-transported-man
The Central and Western Michigan Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America welcomes Mark Aldenderfer to campus. Dr. Aldenderfer is an anthropologist in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced.
Dr. Aldenderfer will be giving a free public talk entitled: Archaeological Encounters with Himalayan Vampires! Tales from the High Himalayas.
All cultures have tales of the undead, those dark creatures that live on blood, cause misfortune, and sap the vitality of the living. The people of the Himalayas know them—the sri—through their depredations, oral histories, folk tales, and religious tracts. We now know of them through archaeology. While studying the peopling of the Himalayas, our project uncovered evidence in a dark cave tomb high in the Himalayas of what may be the earliest manifestation—some 2300 years ago– of the sri. In a different cave tomb, we found evidence of a grisly exorcism, one designed to capture, then, destroy, the sri. So join me in exploring the caves and learning about some of the creatures that haunt the peoples of the High Himalayas.
Art Historian Dr. Kelly Donahue-Wallace specializes in the history of prints in eighteenth-century Spain and Mexico and the function of prints in the colonial context. A professor at the University of North Texas, she recently published Jeronimo Antonio Gil and the Spirit of the Spanish Enlightenment.
Ahmed Ansari is a PhD candidate in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests intersect at the junction between design, cultural & media studies, and the philosophy of technology. Anasri is a member of the Decolonizing Design Collective, and publishes in the fields of decolonization, cultural theory, and design.
Dr. Joanna Grabski’s research addresses the intersection of urbanism and visual culture in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar. Grabski is the Director of the School of Art at Arizona State University, and recently published Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar. Grabski will present the keynote lecture for the 2017 Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.
Dr. Elizabeth Sanders introduced many of the tools and methods being used today to drive and/ or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Sanders teaches Design at The Ohio State University and is the founder of MakeTools. Recently she co-authored Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End Design.
Dr. Joanne Turney is a Design Historian specializing in textiles and fashion as material culture. Turney teaches at the University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art in the UK. Her book, The Culture of Knitting, is seminal knitwear research and is the framework for understanding the complicated position of knitwear in contemporary culture.
Join the Department of Art, Art History, and Design on Friday, November 2 from 2-4pm in the MSU Main Library 4th Floor Green Room for the Biennial Art History and Visual Culture Alumni Symposium. This is an opportunity to hear from MSU Alumni pursuing careers in a variety of arts and culture related fields.
Eric Booker: Education and outreach at the Studio Museum, New York
Sydney Richards: Matthaei Gardens at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Janine Yorimoto Boldt: Curator at American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia
Lisa Wolter: Vice President of ArtsWave Community Campaign, Cincinnati