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November 10, 2017: Your Arts & Culture Adventure Picks

By UMS Lobby

This post is a part of a series of posts curating adventurous arts and culture experiences in Southeast Michigan. Sign up for email updates (choose “Arts & Culture Adventures” list).

amanda krugliakUMS Wallace Blogging Fellow Amanda Krugliak is an artist, curator, and arts administrator best known for performance and conceptual experiential installations, most notably as curator at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities since 2007. Amanda is most recently recognized nationally as co-creator artist/collaborator with Richard Barnes and anthropologist Jason De Leon for “State of Exception,” an exhibition about De Leon’s “Undocumented Migration” project. Her essay about the work of Richard Barnes will be included in the upcoming book “Object Lessons,” about the University of Michigan Collections and Museums, and a collection of her essays will be included in a catalog commemorating the U-M Institute gallery, which will be published in December 2017.

Hard to believe we landed here, the first week of November, almost another year. There is no going back, only forward.  Soon butter will be molded into the shape of farm animals, turkeys will be stuffed, leftovers will be lauded, and somebody will yell, “Yatzee!”  I told my iPhone to call the Ann Arbor YMCA and it started playing the Village People.  Even if we can’t exactly go home again, “Young Man, there’s a place you can go, have a good meal, have some fun, no need to be unhappy.” Here’s a line-up to keep you on your toes to the beat and offer sustenance till the holidays overwhelm us.

Susan Goethel Campbell:
Faulty Vision

Nov 4-Dec 16
DAVID KLEIN GALLERY, Detroit

Detroit artist Susan Goethel Campbell continues to investigate, with strong intuitions, our tenuous and complicated relationship to our environment, exploring landscapes organic and manufactured in this new exhibition at the stellar David Klein Gallery. The exhibition morphs into installation, where “[the pairing of architecture and earth becomes the focal point…]” Goethel-Campbell has consistently created work that is complex and challenging intellectually, while at the same, time, visceral and moving in regards to the emotional terrain it delves into, which we ultimately inhabit with the artist in the process.

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Wonderland
Through  Nov 25
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Terhune Art Gallery, Owens Community College, Perrysburg, Ohio

A little off of our usual squirrel track, but well worth the shout out and the trip…the exhibition Wonderland brings together a roster of really inventive and unique artists all on my own personal “A” list.  Collectively, they design a tactile and visual experiential exhibition that is both playful and adventurous, running the gamut from survivalist skills to hope and reincarnation.  Each of these artists is so compelling in their own right, and together, a very likely force.

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Dar Williams
Nov 12 at 7:30 pm 
The Ark, Ann Arbor

Back in the day, before I returned to Ann Arbor, my super cool folk/rock boyfriend in SF opened for Dar.  We sat back in the green room chatting it up, along with her BFF, Joan Baez…wow, now that my friends is a 4 star recommendation.  Dar Williams continues to combine great melodies with incredibly smart and moving lyrics, growing into herself over the years like the rest of us, refusing to read the road signs that try and tell us to turn around, or determine when we have arrived.  Take advantage of seeing Dar Williams in the intimate setting of the Ark, an institution itself, and bring your daughter, and your son.

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Art Demo: Something Old, Something New: An Intro to Mixed Media and Collage
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

As part of the ongoing series of engaging workshops at the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit-based visual artist Lucy Cahill, who specializes in illustration and poster design, shows participants how to take images from retro magazines, comics, and other sources and incorporate them as collage elements in entirely new works.  Cahill offers a refreshingly contemporary voice in her own work, feeling entirely of the moment, with a nod to the past. Visitors will have the opportunity as part of the experience to make their own collage self-portrait, with guidance from the artist using different media and methods.

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Jeanne Bieri: The Way In
Saturdays, Nov 11-25 at 12 noon-6 pm
Artist talk on Nov 18 at 2 pm
Hatch Art, Hamtramck

Jeanne Bier, a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow, has her first solo exhibition at Hatch, debuting lush and intricate largescale fiber works. Bier combines the mundane with the sublime, sewing together remnants of Army blankets as well as quilt pieces, all part of the artist’s personal collection, with their own significance and stories. The stitching of these two disparate elements become meditative, according to the artist, and serve to find healing and peace amidst turmoil

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Alexander Buzzalini and John Charnota:
100 Beavers

Nov 11-Dec 20, 7 -11 pm
Public Pool, Hamtramck

The name alone suggests an inventive, celebratory, irreverent, earnest, and dedicated collaboration. The exhibition intends to “serve as a metaphor for labor and production, as well as the accomplishments and shortcomings that result.”

It is no secret that the Beaver trade played heavily into history and economy of place and culture, including places like Detroit.  The auto industry as well played a role in a similar way to shaping the city’s landscape and neighborhoods. And the beaver like the worker played a fundamental role overall. (Stay with me, I’m getting to the point) These conceptual artists work (like beavers) both independently and collaboratively, creating over 100 mixed media paintings and sculptures that make up the exhibition.  The exhibition pays homage to a nearly forgotten resource that shaped Detroit, and also takes us through a process that promises to be both prolific and exuberant.

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Sarah Innes
Through Nov 29
Bona Sera Café, Ypsilanti

Sarah Innes is an everyday painter, meant in the best sense of the word.  Her paintings capture the gesture and energy of the day, her life, and town, the people in them, relationships beyond your cellphone.   If you are headed to Ypsilanti, stop into Bona Sera restaurant, get a coffee, cocktail and something delectable from one of my favorite Ypsi haunts, and enjoy the view.

Through November 29th, during restaurant hours:  Tuesday-Thursday  11-3, 5-9; Saturday and Sunday 10-3, 5-10; Sunday 10-3.

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UMS Wallace Blogging Fellow Amanda Krugliak is an artist, curator, and arts administrator best known for performance and conceptual experiential installations, most notably as curator at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities since 2007. Amanda is most recently recognized nationally as co-creator artist/collaborator with Richard Barnes and anthropologist Jason De Leon for “State of Exception,” an exhibition about De Leon’s “Undocumented Migration” project. Her essay about the work of Richard Barnes will be included in the upcoming book “Object Lessons,” about the University of Michigan Collections and Museums, and a collection of her essays will be included in a catalog commemorating the U-M Institute gallery, which will be published in December 2017.

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