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Oct
11
Fri
Abstraction, Bare Life, and Counter-Narratives of Mobility: A lecture by Professor Robert Burgoyne @ B122 Wells Hall
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Abstraction, Bare Life, and Counter-Narratives of Mobility: A lecture by Professor Robert Burgoyne @ B122 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
In this presentation, Professor Robert Burgoyne considers the contrasting portrayals of refugees and mass migration in the films of Richard Mosse and Ai Weiwei as an attempt to move beyond the conventional visual rhetoric for representing the stateless population. The extraordinary black, white and grey images that comprise Mosse’s multi- part work, Incoming—recorded with a thermal camera that reads the heat emanating from the body—creates a visual record that is at once the trace of intimate biological processes and an alarming, disorienting representation of a tragedy that is both consequential to and distant from our daily lives. In contrast, Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow depicts the practice of hospitality as a symbolic antidote to the idea of the stateless person as threat. Emphasizing the right to be “at home” anywhere in the world, Ai’s interviews with refugees attempt to facilitate what Hannah Arendt calls the “public performance of voice,” opening a space of belonging through the sharing of stories. However, the representation of stateless persons through the lens of empathy and hospitality also conveys its own forms of disempowerment and complicity. Arendt’s 1951 essay, “The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man,” provides a critical touchstone for this analysis.
 
Details on Human Flowhttps://www.humanflow.com
 
Generously sponsored by: the Film Studies Program and the Department of English, the Department of Art, Art History, & Design, and Global Studies in the Arts & Humanities.

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Oct
17
Thu
Stephanie Grimes Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stephanie Grimes Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Stephanie Grimes | Thursday, October 17 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm  

Stephanie Grimes is an Art Historian and Digital Scholarship Strategist. Grimes creates digital resources for cultural institutions, focusing on the intersection of digital scholarship and public engagement. Grimes is committed to increasing both usability and innovation within the arts and humanities.

Oct
18
Fri
Broad Underground || For an Institute of Light: Absolute Film and Beyond at the Bauhaus @ Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm

For an Institute of Light:
Absolute Film and Beyond at the Bauhaus

7:00pm || Friday, October 18, 2019 || Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum || Michigan State University
547 E Circle Dr, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

In 1926, Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy proclaimed, “give me or the Bauhaus an experimental film laboratory, then we can begin our work.” He sought to put into practice in Dessau the visionary ideals of his own groundbreaking multi-media treatise, Painting, Photography, Film, published the previous year in the school’s Bauhausbücher (Bauhaus books) series. While Moholy’s plan for a film school at the Bauhaus failed to materialize in Germany, the school’s faculty and students experimented widely in film and moving images, ranging from abstract student films and “coloured light plays” to various workshop-based encounters with the materiality of film, evident in “celluloid collages” and the widespread use of the form of the filmstrip in posters, “typophoto” scripts, exhibition design, and architectural publications. The Bauhaus also hosted a range of film screenings and lectures in the 1920s featuring the European avant-garde, as well as scientific, instructional, and animated films. If there was no formal “laboratory” for filmmaking at the Bauhaus, film, and an expansive idea of the cinematic, were omnipresent at the school.

This program gestures to this range of Bauhaus enthusiasm about film by recreating a program of “Absolute Film” first screened at the sold-out, 900-seat Ufa Palast in Berlin in 1925 and later repeated at the Bauhaus the following year. Featuring major works of the European avant-garde that intersected with Bauhaus aesthetic strategies and utopian aspirations, our selections expand on the Absolute Film program to also include a few examples of Moholy’s own filmmaking and film theory, from his early experiments in Germany to a few of the films produced during his rebooting of the Bauhaus in Chicago, beginning in 1937. There and through World War II, Moholy finally realized his ambitions for an “institute of light.”

—Programmed by Justus Nieland & Joshua Yumibe

Films

Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, Germany, 1921, 3m)
Symphonie Diagonale (Viking Eggeling, France, 1924, 9m)
Ballet mécanique (Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, France, 1923–24, 14m)
Lichtspiel Opus 2, 3, & 4 (Walter Ruttmann, Germany, 1921, 1924, 1925, 10m)
Der Sieger (Walter Ruttman, Germany, 1922, 3 min)
Entr’Acte (René Clair and Francis Picabia, France, 22m)
Lightplay: Black, White, Grey (Moholy-Nagy, Germany, 1926–1930, 6m)
Design Workshops, (selections) (Moholy-Nagy, USA, 1940-1944, 10m)

In collaboration with 100 Years of Bauhaus: http://linglang.msu.edu/degree-programs/german/bauhaus


Broad Underground is an ongoing collaboration between the MSU Broad, Film Studies Program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venue is The Robin Theatre in REO Town, Lansing, with special thanks to the Lansing Public Media Center.

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Oct
24
Thu
Alfredo Gisholt Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Oct 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Alfredo Gisholt Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

Alfredo Gisholt | Thursday, October 24 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Alfredo Gisholt is a Mexican artist and educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. His work is an energetic and layered mixture of abstract and figural language, connecting history and the present. Gisholt is an Assistant Professor of painting and drawing at Brandeis University.

Nov
6
Wed
Dr. Karen Mary Davalos Visiting Scholar Lecture @ North Kedzie Hall, Room 101
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dr. Karen Mary Davalos Visiting Scholar Lecture @ North Kedzie Hall, Room 101

Dr. Karen Mary Davalos | Wednesday, November 6 | 105 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Dr. Karen Mary Davalos is a Professor of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota. She has published widely on Chicana/o art, spirituality, and museums. Davalos most recently published Chicana/o Remix: Art and Errata Since the Sixties (2017), The Mexican Museum of San Francisco Papers, 1971-2006(2010) and Exhibiting Mestizaje: Mexican (American) Museums in the Diaspora (2001).

Nov
14
Thu
Caitlin Cherry Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Caitlin Cherry Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

Caitlin Cherry |Thursday, November 14 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm                                                               Caitlin Cherry is an Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and  maintains a hybrid practice of painting and sculpture installation with reference to history and present-day politics. Cherry carefully renders chaotic figurative compositions on canvases to challenge presumptions about perception, authenticity, and beauty, visually communicate how entangled the individual, and their image-avatar, is with society and technology and merges them into larger multimedia works.

Nov
15
Fri
GSAH Global Perspectives Series – Symposium @ College of Law Castle Board Room
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GSAH Global Perspectives Series - Symposium @ College of Law Castle Board Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

10:00am – Symposium, “Toward an Expansive Definition of Genocide” – John Cox, UNC Charlotte

11:00am – “Can the Spanish Genocide Speak?” – Scott Boehm, Michigan State University

12:00pm – Roundtable Discussion

  • Almudena Carracedo, Film Director
  • John Cox, UNC Charlotte
  • Sebastiaan Faber, Oberlin College
  • Cristina Moreiras-Menor, University of Michigan
  • Joseba Gabilonda, Michigan State University
Nov
18
Mon
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center
Nov 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime @ Room 303 International Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Shinto in Contemporary Japan: From Basic Teachings to Anime

From core principles to the ways Shinto is practiced today, this talk will address shrines for sports, fertility and protection from STDs, appropriation by popular culture (such as in anime and advertisements), and new spirituality movements including the power spot boom.

 

Dr. Stephen Covell

Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and the Mary Meader Professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. Dr. Covell was the founding director of WMU’s Soga Japan Center and has published widely on Buddhism and other Japanese religious topics.

 

 

Sponsored by the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities, IAH Connecting Pedagogy and Practice Fund, Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies Center, and MSU Japan Council.

Nov
20
Wed
Luis A. Sahagun Visiting Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Lecture @ MSU Broad Art Museum
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Luis A. Sahagun Visiting Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies Lecture @ MSU Broad Art Museum | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Luis A. Sahagun | Wednesday, November 20 | Broad Art Museum | 7pm

Luis Sahagun is an AAHD Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Sahagun’s drawings, sculptures, paintings, and performances confront the palpable inescapability of race and transforms art into an act of reclamation. As a previously undocumented immigrant and former laborer, Sahagun’s work focus on the importance of Latinx cultures and contributions in order to combat the anti-immigration and anti-Latinx national rhetoric that persists throughout the country.

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.

Nov
21
Thu
Dr. Huey Copeland Visiting Scholar Lecture @ MSU Library Green Room
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dr. Huey Copeland Visiting Scholar Lecture @ MSU Library Green Room

Dr. Huey Copeland | Thursday, November 21 |MSU Library Green Room | 7pm

Dr. Huey Copeland is Associate Professor of Art History, and affiliated faculty in the Critical Theory Cluster at Northwestern. His writing focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field. Copeland will present the keynote lecture for the 2019 Art History & Visual Culture Undergraduate Symposium.