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.
Narcisse E. Esfanhani
Neda Moin Afshari
Azadeh Ramezani Tabrizi
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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
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.