September 4, 2017
Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection
Ulrich Museum of Art
Beren and Amsden Galleries
Wichita State University, 09/04/2017

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Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection
Ulrich Museum of Art
Beren and Amsden Galleries
Wichita State University, 09/04/2017

Exploring themes related to space and place, Unmoored Geographies showcases new acquisitions form the Ulrich Museum of Art’s permanent collection. While the individual works may differ in execution and concept, they all share a connection to the notion of movement and challenge the proposition of “place” as something that is fixed and final. Whether referencing geography, architecture, or time, each artist in the exhibition’s depiction of these elements within their work examines how our relationships to site, memory, and physical structures speaks to where we, as viewers, stand in relation to them.

Given that that the works within this installation reference topics that range from submerged histories and identities, to landscape, to the liminal positions that result from migration, to metaphysical states of being, to the site of the art museum, their movement through and around these issues suggests that our relationships to locations are always shifting. Highlighting works from emerging and established international artists based in countries that include the United Sates, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Austria and the United Kingdom, the installation will feature works in video, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Exhibiting artists include: Laura Berman, Claudia Bernal, Julia Brown, Sonia Boyce/Ain Bailey, Judy Chicago, Christo, Nathaniel Donnett, Gary Jo Gardenhire, Graciela Iturbide, Mokha Laget, Hew Locke, Vik Muniz, Lorraine O’Grady, Otabenga Jones and Associates, Nusra Qureshi, Faith Ringgold, David Row, Humberto Saenz, Hans Schabus, Tanja Softic, Daryl Vocat, Carrie Mae Weems, Emmi Whitehorse, Matika Wilbur, Zarina.

Image: Lorraine O’Grady, Untitled (Mlle Bourgeoise Noire and her Master of Ceremonies enter the New Museum), 1980-83/2009. Silver gelatin print, 7.25 x 9.38 in. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York. © 2017 Lorraine O’Grady/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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