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Oct
22
Thu
Dr. Nick Kardulias Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dr. Nick Kardulias Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

Please join the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design and the MSU Department of History as we hear from Dr. Nick Kardulias offer an evening virtual public lecture on Thursday, October 22 at 6 pm EST titled “Tracing the Role of Marginal Regions in the Ancient Mediterranean: The Archaeology of the Malloura Valley in Central Cyprus.” Dr. Kardulias will also be offering a virtual brown bag on Friday, October 23 at 12:30 pm EST titled “Archaeological Meanders-A Sojourn from the Midwest to the Eastern Mediterranean.”

Dr. Kardulias is the Lewis M. and Marian Senter Nixon Professor of Classical Civilization, and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at The College of Wooster. He also serves as chair of the Archaeology Program. With research interests in the archaeology and ethnography of the Mediterranean region, the archaeology of North America, political anthropology, world-systems theory, ancient trade systems, and analysis of stone tools, Kardulias is author of a monograph and the editor or co-editor of seven books, including Crossroads and Boundaries: The Archaeology of Past and Present in the Malloura Valley, Cyprus (2011), and The Ecology of Pastoralism (2015)

This lecture is made possible thanks to support from the MSU Department of History.

To join his evening lecture on Thursday, October 22 at 6 pm please register using the link below:
https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5ad4YkbYR8KMnmJfZsVMlw

To join his brown bag on Friday, October 23 at 12:30 pm:
Please email Professor Jon Frey, freyjona@msu.edu for the login information to join the brown bag.

These events are free and open to the public, for the security of our events please do not share the links above on social media.

Oct
27
Tue
Gordon Hall Mutant Salon Talk @ Virtual on Zoom
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Gordon Hall Mutant Salon Talk @ Virtual on Zoom

Please join the Department of Art, Art History, and Design on Tuesday, October 27 at 4 pm for a special lecture series titled Mutant Salon hosted by Young Joon Kwak,  2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. The second speaker in this series is artist Gordon Hall. This series is free and open to the public.

This event doesn’t require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please join using the following link and password. https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Gordon Hall is a sculptor, performance-maker, and writer based in New York. Hall has presented solo exhibitions at EMPAC (2014), Foxy Production (2014), Temple Contemporary (2016), The Renaissance Society (2018), MIT List Visual Arts Center (2018), and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (2019). Hall’s sculptures and performances have been exhibited in a variety of group settings including Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010), SculptureCenter (2012), Movement Research (2012), Brooklyn Museum (2014), White Columns (2015), Whitney Museum of American Art (2015), Hessel Museum at Bard College (2015), Chapter NY (2015), Art in General (2016), Wysing Arts Centre (2017), Abrons Arts Center (2017), Socrates Sculpture Park (2017), The Drawing Center (2018), David Zwirner New York (2018), and the Verge Center for the Arts (2019).

For more information about Gordon Hall, please visit their website:
http://gordonhall.net

Oct
28
Wed
Ali Momeni Visiting Artist Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ali Momeni Visiting Artist Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

This event is free and open to the public. Please register for this zoom webinar using this link: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_su7pcvH5Qbi7N_wXmstoYg

Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan (Iran) and emigrated to the United States as a child. His research interests include educational technologies, human-computer-interaction for performative applications of roboticsplayful urban interventions, interactive projection performance, machine learning for artists and designers, interactive tools for storytelling and experiential learning, mobile and hybrid musical instruments, and the intersection of sound, music, and health. Momeni is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkley in the Center for New Music and UAudio Technologies. He has previously been a Visiting Professor of Practice at Brown University in the Brown Arts Initiative & Brown Data Science Initiative. As well as an Associate Professor working in the School of Art, within Sculpture and Installation at Carnegie Mellon University.

He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation, and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley.  Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni next served as an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where he founded and directed CMU ArtFab, a laboratory that’s focused on making complex creative workflows accessible to youth and non-technical folks. Momeni was also a founding faculty member in CMU’s IDEATE program and contributed to the Music Technology program.  In 2018, Ali joined Shield.ai as a Senior Principal Scientist focused on User Experience, and Brown University as a Professor of Practice within the Brown Arts Initiative and Data Science Initiative.  In addition to his work in the industry and his academic research and teaching, Ali is also co-founder of IRL Labs, an educational technology start-up focused on transforming everyday situations into interactive learning opportunities using everyday technologies.

Nov
19
Thu
Julie Tolentino Mutant Salon Talk @ Virtual on Zoom
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Julie Tolentino Mutant Salon Talk @ Virtual on Zoom

Please join the Department of Art, Art History, and Design on Thursday, November 19 at 4 pm for a special lecture series titled Mutant Salon hosted by Young Joon Kwak,  2020-2021 Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. The final speaker in this series is artist Julie Tolentino. This series is free and open to the public.

This event doesn’t require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please join using the following link and password. https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Julie Tolentino, or JT, (b. 1964, San Francisco; lives and works in Joshua Tree) is an Filipina-Salvadorean artist whose practice explores durational performance, movement, and sensual practices within installation environments as a way to explore the interstitial spaces of relationality, memory, race, gender, and the archive. Collaborative projects with artists including Stosh Fila, Aldo Hernandez, Abigail Severance, Mark So, and Robert Crouch extend into video, object- and scent-making, soundscapes, and texts drawn from the rich learning spaces of activism, advocacy, loss, and caregiving. Selected performances and exhibitions include Performance Space New York, NY (2019); EFA Project Space, New York (2019); 6th Annual Thessaloniki Bienniale, Thessaloniki, Greece (2018); the Lab, San Francisco (2018); Manila Contemporary, Philippines (2014); New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Theaterworks, Singapore (2013); New Museum, New York (2013); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany (2010); Participant, Inc, New York (2005); The Kitchen, New York (2000); and queerupnorth, Manchester, UK (1998). Tolentino was featured in Madonna’s SEX book (1992), Red Hot and Blue’s “Safe Sex is Hot Sex” poster series (1991), and Gran Fury’s “Kissing Doesn’t Kill” ad campaign (1989).  Other projects include serving as the long-time Provocations co-editor for TDR (The Drama Review).  Tolentino was a member of ACTUP, Art Positive, House of Color and the National LGBT Suicide Hotline.

For more information about Julie Tolentino and their practice, please visit:
https://julietolentino.com

Dr. Kristin Romberg Keynote Speaker for 2020 Undergraduate Art History & Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Please join the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design as we virtually welcome Dr. Kristin Romberg who will be offering a free public lecture on zoom titled “Russian Constructivist Tectonics and the Wegenerian Revolution.” This lecture will serve as the Keynote for the 2020 Undergraduate Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.

To register for the lecture please use this link:

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MjijT7lLRsmaRL2bgoVIIA

Lecture Abstract:

When the Working Group of Constructivists outlined their aesthetic program in Moscow in 1921, it was famously structured by three “disciplines”: tectonics, faktura, and constructionWhereas the latter two quickly became essential to understandings of constructivism and modernism, the first and arguably the most innovative of the concepts, tectonics, has proved more difficult to absorb. This paper presents one attempt to reckon with the constructivist usage of the term tectonics by situating it within a broader contest of meaning in the first decades of the twentieth century whose participants included Aleksandr Bogdanov’s proto-systems theory of tectology, Alfred Wegener’s theory of continental drift, and Heinrich Wölfflin’s then-new formalist method of Kunstwissenschaft. Constructivism emerges as a fundamentally political version of aesthetic modernism—one that cultivated an uncannily global outlook by working from a position deeply embedded in local specificity, and that offers an alternative version of modernism relevant for politically engaged art practices today.

Kristin Romberg is Associate Professor of Art History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book Gan’s Constructivism: Aesthetic Theory for an Embedded Modernism was published by University of California Press in 2018. Curatorial projects include Architecture in Print: Design and Debate in the Soviet Union, 1919-1934 (Wallach Art Gallery, 2005), Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future) (Krannert Art Museum, 2017). She has also consulted and written for the catalogue for two major museum exhibitions: Revoliutsiia! Demonstratsiia! Soviet Art Put to the Test at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017, and Engineer, Agitator, Constructor: The Artist Reinvented, which opens at MoMA in New York in December 2020.

 

Nov
20
Fri
2020 Undergraduate Art History and Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom
Nov 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2020 Undergraduate Art History and Visual Culture Symposium @ Virtual on Zoom

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020
ZOOM WEBINAR, 2:00-5:00 PM

Refracting Histories of Art and Community recognizes the scholarly achievements of advanced undergraduate students of Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University.

The 2020 Symposium features five independent research projects that investigate interactions between artistic production and society, and address issues related to immigration, civil rights and Black cultural expression, accessibility and Native heritage, and feminism.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE SYMPOSIUM:
https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mf6PP1S1Qj23EQ18mYV9sw

2:00-2:05pm
Welcome Remarks
Dr. Lily Woodruff
Department of Art, Art History and Design2:05-2:30pm
Kaylee McCarthy
Useful and Temporary Art: Redefining Art’s Role in a Commodified World2:30-2:55pm
Sophia Boismier
AfriCOBRA: Wadsworth Jarrell and the Focus on Community

2:55 -3:20pm
Caitlyn Danforth
Teaching Accessibility in the Digital Humanities using Pueblo Bonito

3:20-3:30pm
Break

3:30-3:55pm
Morgan Hollemans
Simple, Sightly, Statuesque: Women in the Art of Cassatt and Degas
3:55-4:20pm
Aria Frawley
From Unwanted Dick Pics to Depriving Refrigerators4:20-4:30pm
Comments by Dr. Kristin Romberg

4:30-5:00pm
Questions from the audience and open discussion

A keynote lecture will be offered by Dr. Kristin Romberg on Thursday, November 19 at 6 pm titled “Russian Constructivist Tectonics and the Wegenerian Revolution.”
Feb
17
Wed
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Beatriz Cortez Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Beatriz Cortez | February 17 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, San Salvador, El Salvador; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and a Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Arizona State University. Cortez’s work explores simultaneity, life in different temporalities, and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of migration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She has had solo exhibitions at Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles (2019); Clockshop, Los Angeles (2018); Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles (2016); Centro Cultural de España de El Salvador (2014); and Museo Municipal Tecleño (MUTE), El Salvador (2012), among others. Cortez has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2019); Ballroom Marfa, TX (2019); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2019); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); BANK/MABSOCIETY, Shanghai, China (2017); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito, Ecuador (2016); and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016). Cortez is the recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award (2020), the inaugural Frieze Arto LIFEWTR Sculpture Prize (2019), the Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts (2019), the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2018), the Artist Community Engagement Grant (2017), and the California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2016).

For more information about Beatriz Cortez and their work, please visit their website

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

For the security of our events, please do not share the link and password on social media.

Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dr. Kathleen Bickford Berzock Visiting Scholar Lecture @ Virtual on Zoom

Dr. Kathleen Berzock | Wednesday, February 17 | Zoom Webinar | 6pm

Dr. Kathleen 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.

This event is additionally sponsored by the African American and African Studies Program and the Museum Studies Program.

This virtual event is free and open to the public please register to join using the link below:

https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_61OzIX-5RfWPD9DOryNOOw

 

 

Feb
24
Wed
Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Kelly Akashi Mutant Salon Talk Hosted by Young Joon Kwak @ Virtual on Zoom

Kelly Akashi | February 24 | Virtual on Zoom | 4 PM EST

This event does not require pre-registration, if you are interested in joining our zoom webinar, please do so using the link and password below.

https://msu.zoom.us/j/97803340342 pw: mutants

Material tactility, its possibilities, limitations, and transformation form the core of Kelly Akashi’s practice. Originally trained in analog photography, traditional processes and the materiality of documents continue to inform and fuel her sculptural explorations. Working in a variety of media, such as wax, bronze, fire, glass, silicone, copper, and rope, Akashi investigates the capacity and boundaries of these elements and their ability to construct and challenge conventional concepts of form.

Born in 1983 in Los Angeles, Kelly Akashi currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The artist graduated with a MFA from University of Southern California in 2014. Akashi studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main and received her BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 2006.

Currently on view at the Aspen Art Museum is a new commissioned sculpture, Cultivator, which will be on view at the museum’s Crown Commons through March 2021. Winner of the 2019 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize the artist had a residency at the foundation in Ojai, California. Other residencies include ARCH Athens, Greece (2019) and at Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA (2019) – both of which concluded with a solo exhibition. Other important solo exhibitions include Long Exposure curated by Ruba Katrib at the SculptureCenter, New York (2017). The artist’s work is currently featured in Ground/work at the Clark Art Institute and Possédé·e·s at MoCo Montpellier Contemporain in France. Other notable group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum’s biennial, Made in L.A. (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); LA: A Fiction, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (2017); Take me (I’m Yours), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Jens Hoffmann, and Kelly Taxter, Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Can’t Reach Me There, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (2015).

For more information about Kelly Akashi and their work, please visit their website.

Feb
25
Thu
ACM&MS Virtual Open House @ Zoom
Feb 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
ACM&MS Virtual Open House @ Zoom

Join us for our Arts, Cultural Management & Museum Studies Graduate Virtual Open House on Feb 25, from 6-7pm. We have extended our application deadline to March 15 and would love to have you join our faculty, students, and alumni for an open question and answer session. Anyone interested in learning more about our MA in ACM&MS or graduate certificates in either Museum Studies or Arts and Cultural Management, please sign up here  to join us. A zoom link will be sent to you shortly before the open house. You can also visit our webpage for details or contact the director and organizer at kflatham@msu.edu anytime.