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Jan
10
Fri
Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jan 10 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 7:00 pm
Inner Fragments Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
Inner Fragments
an exhibition of contemporary Iranian female artists
January 10 – February 14, 2020
Reception: January 10, 6–8PM
After 2500 years of monarchial rule, the 1979 Islamic Revolution turned Iran on its head. As a result, the dynamics of Iran’s art scene also transformed. A generation of artists was born after the revolution who endured the aftermath of the revolution and the Iran-Iraq war, which brought with it a series of intense political circumstances, sanctions, and isolationism. As such, their artistic expression took a distinct turn of varying styles and genres. Their work is subtle, intimate, and offers a deeper insight into their existence.
Inner Fragments, co-curated by Mahsa Soroudi and Parisa Ghaderi, is an exhibition of sixteen Iranian female artists, most of whom live and work inside Iran. It portrays a slice of Iranian women’s lives that is insightful and also shatters the typical cliched themes of the hijab and oppression. Given the current climate between the U.S. and Iran, this show aims to transcend geographical and political boundaries. The curators hope to close the gap between the two nations by highlighting the new wave of contemporary Iranian art as a way to understand modern Iran. 

This exhibition was made possible thanks to support from the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Grant Program, MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design, Department of English, and Muslim Studies Program. 

 
Featuring work by:

Mahshid Asoudehkhah

Ghazaleh Baniahmad

Nasim Davari

Sanaz Dezfoulian

Narcisse E. Esfanhani

Maryam Farahzadi

Elahe Farzi

Farzane Ghadyanloo

Mahsa Khazeni

Niloofar Mohammadifar

Neda Moin Afshari

Farnaz Rabieijah

Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi

Nastaran Safaei

Tarlan Tabar

Nazli Tahvili

Feb
3
Mon
“We Are Worth Everything: Survivors As Themselves” Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Feb 3 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 14 @ 2:00 pm
"We Are Worth Everything: Survivors As Themselves" Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

SHOW DATES: February 3 – March 14, 2020

RECEPTION: February 8 | 3–5 PM

We are Worth Everything: Survivors as Themselves features portraits made in collaboration with Survivors by Judy Walgren, Associate Director and Professor of Practice, MSU School of Journalism, Eve Edelheit, Award Winning Independent and Freelance Photographer, and Maddie McGarvey, Independant and Freelance Photographer and Photojournalist. Also featured is a poem by Kimberly Ann Priest, Assistant Professor, MSU Writing Rhetoric and American Culture, titled “Celebrate.”

Exhibition Statement:

Visual archives are powerful devices for building and perpetuating cultural perceptions of communities, especially groups who have been involved in traumatic events. During a recent online search using “Survivors” and the name of an infamous abuser, the viewer is confronted with gridded images of extremely distraught women interspersed with photographs of a large group of women standing onstage during a high-profile awards ceremony. This body of work, created collaboratively between the photographer and the people portrayed, attempts to expand narrowly focused visual narratives around the Survivor community from Michigan State University and beyond. By presenting images that reach beyond visualized trauma and triumph, we hope to present a more nuanced view of these courageous people, expand the archive and move their stories forward.

This is an ongoing body of work. If you identify as a Survivor and would like to participate in our project, please email Judy Walgren at walgrenj@msu.edu.

 

 

This exhibition was possible thanks to support from the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Feb
6
Thu
Paul Vanouse Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Paul Vanouse Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

Paul Vanouse |Thursday, February 6 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Paul Vanouse is a Professor of Art at the University of Buffalo, NY, where he is also founding Director of the Coalesce Center for Biological Art a major facet of UB’s Community of Excellence in Genomics, Environment and Microbiomics. Vanouse works in emerging media forms, his art practice is guided by Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism.

Feb
11
Tue
Colby Parsons Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Colby Parsons Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

Colby Parsons | Tuesday, February 11 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Colby Parsons is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at Texas Woman’s University, where he teaches Ceramics and Digital Craft. Parsons’ work applies aspects of traditional media approaches to digital-based processes, working in a range of media and formats including ceramics, digital fabrication, projection mapping, installation and interactivity.

Feb
21
Fri
GALLERY CLOSED Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Feb 21 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm
GALLERY CLOSED Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute Exhibition at SCENE Metrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

As we collectively continue to monitor the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of cases across our community and state continues to accelerate. The health and safety of our staff and community is our first priority. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, Governor Witmer, and MSU President Stanley at this time, we will be closing to the public until further notice. We will however continue to celebrate the arts in our community via social media as well as share in-depth details of our latest exhibition. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Keep in touch:

Instagram: scenemetrospace

Facebook: (SCENE) Metrospace

Website: www.art.msu.edu

 

Jacquelynn Sullivan

Director of Galleries

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Michigan State University

 

 

February 21 – March 27, 2020

Workshop & Reception February 21 5-9pm

Nuchuu: Portraits of the Northern Ute is a solo exhibition featuring the work of Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang.

Workshop Description

Through this workshop, the audience will take a deep dive through history and lineage by exploring Keith Secola’s work, process of screen printing and his use of family archives. There will be a live demonstration of his process and the opportunity for the audience to pull their own print.

Exhibition Statement

Recently my project has involved the reinsertion of the American Indian image onto collaged and deconstructed book covers of American history. I tear and collage assorted Colonial books to create my surface to print on. My source imagery derives from two archival photo albums from my Grandparents, representing my Ute Indian heritage and our band of Uncompahgre from Colorado.  American Indian stories and history are often erased or forgotten. My use of archival photography and printmaking allows me to create a layer between the past and present to form new narratives that question Native identity by fusing the imagery and the books as one.  In addition, I paint an extra layer on the surface of the wall with graphic murals of Euro-centric depictions of Eastern Coastal Native Americans around first contact. This further pushes the dichotomy of the real and the fantastic savage.

 

Keith Secola, Mino Mashkiki Wish Kang grew up in the Southwest and belongs to the Ute Indian tribe and Anishanabe Nation. He graduated from California College of the Arts MFA in San Francisco, with a focus on silkscreen printing. The earliest influences come from his father, who is a musician, traveling and exposing him to contemporary Native arts at a young age.  These early experiences would influence a life in creative arts. Finding a balance between contemporary life and tradition, Keith blends printmaking, archival photography, illustrations, and murals derived from Native American life to transmit indigenous voices and identity. The artist currently works and lives in Oakland, California.

For more information about the artist please visit his website: www.keithsecolajr.com

This exhibition and workshop was made possible thanks to support from the City of East Lansing, the MSU College of Arts & Letters, and the Department of Art, Art History, and Design.

Emil Ferris Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Library 4th Floor Green Room
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emil Ferris Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Library 4th Floor Green Room

Emil Ferris | Friday, February 21 | MSU Library 4th Floor Green Room | 7pm

Emil Ferris is a writer, artist, and designer from Chicago, Illinois, whose first graphic novel, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, has earned her international acclaim and many awards, including the Gran Guinigi Award for Best Graphic Novel and Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album–two of the comics industry’s highest honors. Ferris is the 2020 Comics Forum Creator Keynote Speaker.

Feb
22
Sat
Nick Sousanis Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Library 2nd Floor DSL Flex Space
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Nick Sousanis Visiting Artist Lecture @ MSU Library 2nd Floor DSL Flex Space

Nick Sousanis | Saturday, February 22 | MSU Library 2nd Floor DSL Flex Space |12pm

Nick Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he started a Comics Studies program. Sousanis’s award-winning book, Unflattening (2015), argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning.  Sousanis is the 2020 Comics Forum Scholar Keynote Speaker.

Mar
11
Wed
CANCELLED Dr. Kathleen Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CANCELLED Dr. Kathleen Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

At this time we are hoping to reschedule Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock’s public lecture during the 2020-2021 Academic year.

Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock | Wednesday, March 11 | 107 S. Kedzie| 6pm

Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock is the Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, at the Block Museum, at Northwestern, specializing in African art. Her co-edited book (with Christa Clark) Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display (2010) chronicles more than a century of building and presenting collections of African art in the United States.

Mar
12
Thu
*CANCELLED Workshop: Honoring the Journey: a Poetry Workshop on Creating through Loss and Pain @ MSU Room, MSU Union
Mar 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
*CANCELLED Workshop: Honoring the Journey: a Poetry Workshop on Creating through Loss and Pain @ MSU Room, MSU Union | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

WORKSHOP: Honoring the Journey: a Poetry Workshop on Creating through Loss and Pain

Thursday, March 12, 2020 6:30-8PM | MSU Union Art Gallery / MSU Room, MSU Union

Lead by Kimberly Ann Priest, Assistant Professor, Writing Rhetoric and American Culture

Emotions that arise from loss—such as grief, fear, and depression—can be difficult to process, especially when they are stigmatized in public spaces or dismissed by those close to us. Nevertheless, these emotions continue to require our attention until we are willing to give them the care that they so desperately need. Psychology has long recognized the value of art to the process of working through these emotions because the act of creation, or making things, is empowering.

As part of the exhibit We are Worth Everything: Survivors as Themselves, I invite you to make things out of these emotions. On Thursday, March 12 from 6:30-8pm we will weave object and experience to craft poems that give voice to the contradictory nature of our journeys as carriers of loss and pain and all their accompanying emotions. Come create, write, and map these journeys with us.

Attendees should come prepared to write with notebook and writing utensil as well as an object or objects that reflect or memorialize part of their journey with a particular loss and/or pain. Workshop is suitable to ages thirteen and up and can accommodate up to twenty-four participants. To RSVP please email: priestk1@msu.edu.

 

 

Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of the chapbooks Still Life (PANK, 2020), Parrot Flower (Glass 2020), and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP 2018). Her poetry has appeared in several literary journals and she is a winner of the 2019 Heartland Poetry Prize from New American Press. Her creative work carefully observes the intersections between trauma, sexual assault, chaos narratives, and grief. A former book reviewer for NewPages and intern with Sundress Publications, she is currently Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing at Michigan State University and an associate editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry. You can find her work at kimberlyannpriest.com

Apr
1
Wed
CANCELLED Jessica Bellamy Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CANCELLED Jessica Bellamy Visiting Artist Lecture @ 107 South Kedzie Hall

At this time we are hoping to reschedule Jessica Bellamy’s public lecture during the 2020-2021 Academic year.

Jessica Bellamy | Wednesday, April 1 | 107 S. Kedzie | 6pm

Jessica Bellamy is a Motion Infographic designer from Louisville Kentucky. Bellamy tells visual stories using data and personal narratives. As a Design Justice advocate, Bellamy started her design career working with nonprofits and community groups to create compelling explainers that break down complex service and policy information. Bellamy created GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio, who solely works with nonprofits and community groups.