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scope: 2014 Undergraduate Exhibition
April 24 2014 at 10:00 AM
Community Arts
scope2014 Wayne State University Undergraduate Exhibition The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce Scope, Wayne State University’s Undergraduate Exhibition at the Art Department Gallery, April 18 through May 16. This exhibition features work by undergraduate students from each of the department’s fourteen disciplines. Scope features a wide range of approaches from which students derive their inspiration, ideas, and creations. The exhibition represents processes of looking close and looking far through various mediums and concepts; considering how and where final works of art are presented and perceived. Scope is a collection of works exhibited in a meaningful way at their highest regard. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 8:00PM and will include the 2014 WSU Scholarship Awards presentation at 6:30PM. Awards will also be given to students for their outstanding fine art, design, and foundation works in the exhibition. Scope has been organized by the following students from the department’s Gallery Internship Course: Jessica Artt, Evan Condron, Ashley Nivison, Gerald Schulze, Dylan Schutter, Katie Welch, and Crysta Zgorski.
James Lee Byars tribute exhibition at MOCAD
April 24 2014 at 11:00 AM
MOCAD
I Cancel All My Works at Death is the first comprehensive survey of the plays, actions and performances of James Lee Byars (Detroit 1932 - Cairo 1997; Wayne State class of '55). Spanning the period from 1960 (when he created his first action in Kyoto, Japan) to 1981 (when de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam presented a year-long survey), the exhibition, which is titled after Byars' now-famous speech act, adopts the premise that the artist and his work are better mis-remembered than re-experienced. I Cancel All My Works at Death therefore presents none of his actual performances; nor does it include objects made, owned or used by him, nor vintage ephemera--with the exception of obituaries published in newspapers at the time of his death. What it does include are suits and costumes, scripts, theater posters, props, puppet videos, a detailed timeline, among other elements. It also includes new, un-authored solo actions and group events that will be carried out sparingly and intermittently during the run of the show. The exhibition is curated by Triple Candie, a phantom-like institution that existed in Harlem as an alternative space from 2001 to 2010. Run by two art historians who now live in Philadelphia, Triple Candie produces exhibitions about art but devoid of it and realized without the involvement of artists. Recent projects include Epigraphe pour une preface: The Original is Unfaithful to the Copy (FRAC Le Plateau, Paris, 2013), Of the Siren and the Sky: The Life and Work of Michael Whipple (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013) and Maurizio Cattalan is Dead: Life and Work, 1960-2009 (Deste Foundation, Athens, 2010). At the request of Triple Candie, this exhibition is dramaturged by Jens Hoffmann, MOCAD's guest curator. http://www.mocadetroit.org/about.html
August: Osage County
April 24 2014 at 8:00 PM
Hilberry Theatre
Tony Award winner for Best Play August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts, closes the Hilberry Theatre’s 51st season in Midtown Detroit. Playing April 18 through May 10, 2014, this Pulitzer Prize winning play arrives at the Hilberry Theatre fresh off the critically acclaimed movie adaptation in theatres nationwide. Tickets for August: Osage County range from $10 – $30 and are available by calling the Hilberry Theatre Box Office at (313) 577-2972, online at Hilberry.com, or by visiting the box office at 4743 Cass Avenue on the corner of Hancock Street.   August: Osage County is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household, Beverly, mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another. His body is found five days later in the lake; his death is deemed a suicide. Violet, the drug-addicted matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, August: Osage County explores the painful issues all American families have to face, and then some.
scope: 2014 Undergraduate Exhibition
April 25 2014 at 10:00 AM
Community Arts
scope2014 Wayne State University Undergraduate Exhibition The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce Scope, Wayne State University’s Undergraduate Exhibition at the Art Department Gallery, April 18 through May 16. This exhibition features work by undergraduate students from each of the department’s fourteen disciplines. Scope features a wide range of approaches from which students derive their inspiration, ideas, and creations. The exhibition represents processes of looking close and looking far through various mediums and concepts; considering how and where final works of art are presented and perceived. Scope is a collection of works exhibited in a meaningful way at their highest regard. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 8:00PM and will include the 2014 WSU Scholarship Awards presentation at 6:30PM. Awards will also be given to students for their outstanding fine art, design, and foundation works in the exhibition. Scope has been organized by the following students from the department’s Gallery Internship Course: Jessica Artt, Evan Condron, Ashley Nivison, Gerald Schulze, Dylan Schutter, Katie Welch, and Crysta Zgorski.
Opening Reception for PRAXIS, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
April 25 2014 at 5:00 PM
Old Main
The exhibition PRAXIS focuses on the political factions evolving in the United Statesof America during the late nineteen sixties that came to fruition in the seventies,including the liberation sought by Black Power movements, the freedom from tyrannyadvocated by wide-spread anti-Vietnam War struggles, and the foundations of genderequity forwarded by feminist activists. Just as such political groups emergedsimultaneously, influencing each other, works in the exhibition associated with eachof these domains will thematically and politically cross-reference one another,creating a dense fabric of meaning, image, and sound evocative of that turbulentperiod. Given their pivotal contributions to the Black Power Movement, political figures likeStokely Carmichael and Angela Davis are highlighted in the show. One part of theexhibition features background material depicting the activities of the foundingpolitical organizations and individuals associated with COINTELPRO. Other sectionswill focus on the political demonstrations of the Vietnam War and the Detroit riots.Another aspect of the exhibition will feature feminist movements that gained fullstrength through the activities of writers such as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. Some artists engaged with the public in performative activities or even created theirown community spaces to disseminate their work, while others utilized the power ofspeech to reach audiences. The exhibition embodies the interaction and layering that defined the 1970s, whilemirroring the public activity of those times. The installation allows visitors tolisten to original recordings of historical value, read through period magazines andbooks, and consider the cultural context of the era, as they view works of art ondisplay. Materials like Romare Bearden’s 1968 cover of Time magazine, Langston Hughes’s“Writers of the Revolution” recordings, Robert A. Sengstacke’s documentaryphotography, and Gloria Steinem’s writings for the original Ms. magazine will be onview. The show includes some of the most groundbreaking artists from that time. The urgencytheir works evoked remains recognizable and powerful today. The nudity of SylviaSleigh’s painting is still provocative while Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s poster actionWar Is Over (if you want it)- which will be visible throughout the city of Detroitduring the course of the show – has lost none of its relevance in the decades thatfollowed. Adrian Piper’s performance The Mythic Being and Cindy Sherman’s photographicBus Riders ask us to recognize apparent gender and race issues in a very personalizedway. The exhibition further incorporates the iconic, slogan-based works of suchAfriCOBRA artists as Barbara Jones-Hogu whose calls for changes in societywere takento the streets. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog, with reprints of writings includingGerman philosopher Marcus Steinweg’s “Politics – Semiology – Contingency” and GraceLee Bogg’s “From Marx to Malcom and Martin.” Artists in the show: Judith Bernstein, Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, Adrian Piper, MarthaRosler, Robert A. Sengstacke, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, and AfriCOBRA group(Casper Banjo, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Carolyn Lawrence, John Riddle Jr., Nelson Stevens,Gerald Williams). The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery is in the Old Main Annex building. Enter at 480 W. Hancock Street.
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