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Matthew Angelo Harrison at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — With four solo and nine group shows already under his belt since 2016, it might be tempting to say that Matthew Angelo Harrison is a kind of art-making machine. But it would be more accurate to say that the somewhat inscrutable artist makes machines that make art. Throughout the month of […]

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“Border Crossers” at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If I learned anything from Transformers, the 2007 movie reboot that pits robots against robots, it’s that I’ll pretty much watch anything that involves a giant robot. This includes a recent test run of a 40-foot art robot commanded by artist Chico MacMurtie, and created under his direction by an interdisciplinary team of […]

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Pre-Fab/Post-Fab at UMIH @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When was the last time you felt like being a girl was actually fun? We’ve heard a lot of #MeToo lately — thankfully, because of course, me too — and while we’ve been contemplating the basic and largely unrelenting indignity of trying to be simultaneously respected and also female in a […]

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UMS Blog!

So chuffed to receive a shout-out for the Wonderland group show in the UMS Arts & Culture blog, penned by the inimitable Amanda Krugliak. We happen to be in the company of a number of great shows, including Jeanne Beiri at Hatch, Alex Buzzalini & John Charnota at Public Pool, Susan Goethel Campbell at David […]

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Jaye Schlesinger’s “Possession” at U-M Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The word “possession” carries multiple meanings, signifying both an object under ownership and the state of being in the thrall of a dominant force. Capitalism thrives on material consumption, and we are driven as a society to constantly express ourselves through our possessions, even as many of us find ourselves in […]

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Mark Dion Redux, panel discussion – TUESDAY, Sept. 19!

Panelists Osman Khan, Sarah Rose Sharp, and Paul Amenta, and moderator Amanda Krugliak, discuss “Waiting for the Extraordinary,” a new iteration of Mark Dion’s 2011 U-M installation inspired by the academic classifications invented by 19th-century Michigan Chief Justice Augustus B. Woodward. This architecturally scaled installation presents a single room with thirteen plastic sculptures, each representing […]

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Tracey Snelling at UofM Institute for the Humanities @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Miniatures are typically all about control. Life at scale is messy, unpredictable, and often overwhelming. Things never stay where you put them. The creation of miniature dioramas offers both maker and viewer a sense of stronger footing in the present — we can tower over these scenes, peer into them, arrange them […]

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Sonya Clark’s UofM IforH installation @ Hyperallergic

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sonya Clark is all about hair. At least, that’s the first impression when one encounters her works on canvas — detailed arrangements of braids rendered in thick black thread, stitched down to emulate the elaborate patterns of cornrows and other braided hairstyles most commonly worn by African and African American people […]

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