Department of Art and Art History News

Xochi Solis presents work in three person exhibition at MASS Gallery

Sat. June 4, 2016

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Image courtesy of the artist and Pele Prints.

Xochi Solis (B.F.A. in Studio Art, 2005) presents work in a three-person exhibition, Extended Technique, at MASS Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 29 – June 4, 2016.

78704 Gallery Presents Beili Liu in Grand Opening

Thu. June 2, 2016

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Yun Yan, incense drawing on paper, mounted on birch panel, 8 panels total, 26" x 52" each

78704 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit featuring artist Beili Liu on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

Manifesta 11 European Biennial of Contemporary Art Features Michael Smith

Tue. May 31, 2016

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'What do you want to be when you grow up?' From early childhood on, work is thought of as something of essential importance for personal desires. The profession we select plays a central role in the development of our identity, in how we speak, behave and relate to other people. The question: 'What do you do for money?' is the starting point for the curatorial concept of Manifesta 11.

Next to the Joint Ventures, the new artistic productions, the curated section of Manifesta 11 brings together artistic positions from the past and the present to examine how work can be subject of artistic reflection. At the same time, the selected works illuminate the concrete working conditions under which art is produced.

The Historical Exhibition: Sites Under Construction gathers artworks and non-art-specific materials from the past fifty years. The show, curated by Christian Jankowski and Francesca Gavin, is divided into eleven chambers. These are inspired by the intersections between private and public, the personal and the professional, and examine how and why artists portray the working process and relations that they face and engage in. 

The exhibition will be on view from June 11- September 18, 2016.

Michael Smith Featured in Double Act: Art and Comedy Exhibition

Tue. May 31, 2016

 

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"Double Act: Art and Comedy" at The MAC Theatre Belfast

This major exhibition explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, and how it can help us negotiate the complexities of everyday life.

What we find funny can be cruel and hateful, it can establish symbolic boundaries that divide people into distinct groups, setting those with power against those without and vice-versa. But it is also a way of binding people together; providing consolation, a sense of shared experience and a powerful weapon of resistance.

Double Act presents the multiple forms of the comedic as it is manifest through the experience of contemporary art. Drawing together artists from diverse cultural and political contexts, each of whom share an interest in humour as a resource with which to animate their art practice and connect with an audience, both local and international, this exhibition will explore questions of cultural distinctiveness in an increasingly globalised world.

This project is staged across both the MAC’s galleries, and the galleries at the Bluecoat in Liverpool, with each venue presenting a different line up of artists simultaneously.

The exhibition will be on view until July 31, 2016. 

"Ghost" by Jason Urban/ Printeresting Published in St. Louis Magazine

Fri. May 27, 2016

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Katherine Miller, "The Red Book," 2015, handbound book with monotype and gold leaf
 
Ghost, a one-night pop-up exhibit curated by artist Sage Dawson, explores the spectrum of meaning within that word, both in the execution of the show and with the work itself, with artists responding in myriad and complex ways. Kate McQuillen's Night House (above) will be represented by a fragment of Styrene, printed with glow-in-the-dark stars and galaxies, that McQuillen affixed to the facade of an Oak Park house for Chicago's 2015 Terrain Biennial. Like Night House, other works in the show are "a fragment of some other project," Dawson says. "Other pieces are in the show because they thematically speak to death or loss. There are a lot of objects in the show that are like artifacts, or they are artifacts; or they’re fragments or traces of something of a project previously done."