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Beijing Collaborative Exchange at the Fredrick R. Weisman Museum

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From June 27 to December 10 the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota hosts the exhibition of photographic and video work from three themed projects in the Target Gallery.

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2010 -11
Weiji Crisis = Opportunity

Weiji, an idiomatic term that might be considered a concept rather than something definable, implies that when encountering difficulties there are often many options one can take. The idea of a crisis, real or insinuated can often take us from our normal course and redirect our attention to alternate ideas, requiring us to rethink our assumptions and open our minds to new opportunities. As such, the students from the Schools of Photography at the Beijing Film Academy and the Art Department of the University of Minnesota have constructed visual analogies to the concept of Weiji or Crisis = Opportunity.


Transition-- 2011-12
Change --evolution --transform

We awaken each day to new circumstances, circumstances that require new understanding, tolerance, and awareness. The nature of existence is accommodating to change, and how we manage that change is what determines our success. The ability to use the accumulated knowledge that we have gained through experience, education, and training provide the ground upon which we stand, when this ground shifts, do we see this as a crisis or an opportunity?


Mirror/ Window-- 2012-14

Mirror/ Window is a topic with multiple possible interpretations -- viewing out to the larger world or turning inward to examine the self. In 1978 MOMA curator of photography John Szarkowski organized an exhibition with this title to explore emerging developments in contemporary American photographic Imaging. This exhibition uses the theme in a much more individual way with the Chinese and American students exploring their diverse visions for the future as well as how they see themselves in the world. Much of this work is positive and "upbeat" with little indication of the strife and anxiety so prevalent in the news.


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Beijing Collaborative Exchange at the Fredrick R. Weisman Museum

Hu Zhi Chao.jpg

From June 27 to December 10 the Weisman Museum at the University of Minnesota hosts the exhibition of photographic and video work from three themed projects in the Target Gallery.

small_Shi Fang Zhou_.jpg

2010 -11
Weiji Crisis = Opportunity

Weiji, an idiomatic term that might be considered a concept rather than something definable, implies that when encountering difficulties there are often many options one can take. The idea of a crisis, real or insinuated can often take us from our normal course and redirect our attention to alternate ideas, requiring us to rethink our assumptions and open our minds to new opportunities. As such, the students from the Schools of Photography at the Beijing Film Academy and the Art Department of the University of Minnesota have constructed visual analogies to the concept of Weiji or Crisis = Opportunity.


Transition-- 2011-12
Change --evolution --transform

We awaken each day to new circumstances, circumstances that require new understanding, tolerance, and awareness. The nature of existence is accommodating to change, and how we manage that change is what determines our success. The ability to use the accumulated knowledge that we have gained through experience, education, and training provide the ground upon which we stand, when this ground shifts, do we see this as a crisis or an opportunity?


Mirror/ Window-- 2012-14

Mirror/ Window is a topic with multiple possible interpretations -- viewing out to the larger world or turning inward to examine the self. In 1978 MOMA curator of photography John Szarkowski organized an exhibition with this title to explore emerging developments in contemporary American photographic Imaging. This exhibition uses the theme in a much more individual way with the Chinese and American students exploring their diverse visions for the future as well as how they see themselves in the world. Much of this work is positive and "upbeat" with little indication of the strife and anxiety so prevalent in the news.


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Head-Face, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas, 96 x 72 inches


Eric's Trip, curated by Cynthia Daignault and Mark Loiacono.
June 28 - August 1, 2014

Lisa Cooley
107 Norfolk Street
New York, New York 10002

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UMN Major: Studies in Cinema & Media Culture, Minors: Art and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

MFA in Filmmaking, New York University

See her work here.

Vanished Landscapes
European Life, Landscapes, and Architecture before the First World War

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at Andersen Library
Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Remarks by Christopher Cardozo at 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition on view June 9 - September 17, 2014

Join us to celebrate a stunning collection of photochroms donated by world-renowned expert Christopher Cardozo.

Photochroms-a photographic form of chromolithography that produces colorized images from black-and-white negatives-were immensely popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Millions of prints were produced depicting thousands of scenes from around the world.

Christopher Cardozo, a world-renowned expert, exhibitor, and donor of thousands of photochroms to the University Libraries shares his expertise in this display of images from a lost world.

This exhibit is co-curated by Christopher Cardozo and Tim Johnson, Curator, Special Collections & Rare Books / E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.

Exhibit design by Darren Terpstra, Archives and Special Collections.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Learn more about Vanished Landscapes and RSVP.

You may already know that Prof. Jan Estep is a multi-talented artist, but did you also know that she received her Ph.D. in Philosophy before getting her MFA?

Check out an interview with Jan in which she discusses her early days in philosophy, her artistic transition and how she has continued to incorporate her two passions in her current work.

Click here to read the interview!

BEAUTIES BEHAVING BADLY
KATE RENEE'S SOLO EXHIBIT AT GAMUT GALLERY

MINNEAPOLIS
Beauties Behaving Badly - runs through Feb. 22.

Painter Kate Renee was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Jan. 2013; this exhibit is the culmination of the work it made possible. Renee began with the concept of Disney princesses with an edgy twist, replacing their happy endings with real-world problems or circumstances. Both theme and quality of work evolved rapidly over 2013, while fulfilling the grant and a Women's Art Resource of Minnesota mentorship under Jill Waterhouse. The resulting series reexamines archetypical fairytales, relaying each passed-down parable in a new way for a new generation. Each beauty finds herself in a different predicament, often of her own choosing. In each case, she is revealing her naughty side.

Through research, Renee found her not-so-happy-endings more akin to the historical telling of these familiar fairytales. Funding and feedback spurred development of this concept, also allowing tangible upgrades to Renee's materials. She previously used mainly acrylic on canvas or foam-core for her graphic, cartoon-like character studies. In this new series she has developed a technique of applying the acrylics to birch and setting resin over the finished piece. The natural wood grains add a subtle dimension of organic texture to her bold designs, while inspiring experimentation with the use of this rich, new background as negative space. Renee paints a story in bold iconic imagery, complete with a main character in conflict and even some adorable sidekicks - all with the signature Kate Renee eyes.

Kate Renee has exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving press and numerous awards locally. Most recently she earned a Minnesota State Arts Board- Artist Initiative Grant and was accepted as a protégé by the Women's Art Resource of Minnesota. Renee earned a BA in Fine Arts, Art History, and a minor in design from the U of M in 2010. Renee has interned at various galleries, culminating in an assistant gallery director internship and at Altered Esthetics, where she was subsequently hired as director of solo exhibitions. She will debut her Beauties Behaving Badly series, spring 2014 at Gamut Gallery and is currently working on a series called Naughty Neighborhood.

On the Streets
apexart: Phnom Penh
291 Church Street, New York, NY 10013

Ashley Billingsley

On view January 25th - February 22, 2014
at JavaArts for Our City Festival
56 Sihanouk Blvd
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Opening Reception on January 25th, 6 - 9 PM
Artist Actions and Panel on February 1st, 5 - 8 PM

ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AFFECTED BY THE CEDAR AVENUE FIRE

A New Year's Day explosion and fire on Cedar Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, adjacent to the West Bank campus, destroyed a building that housed the Otanga Grocery store and apartments. Tragically, three residents of the building lost their lives and some remain hospitalized. Apartment tenants who survived the fire lost their homes and possessions.

You can help:

Donate to a fund created by Brian Coyle Center, part of Pillsbury United Communities! Contributions can be made online at http://www.puc-mn.org/donate, or by check to "Pillsbury United Communities," sent to Brian Coyle Center at 420 - 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, 55454. Note "Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief" on all donations;

Donate through Confederation of Somali Community in MN at http://csc-mn.org/cedar-riverside-fire-victims-fund/, and write "Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief" in the box designating special purpose for your gift;

Attend a benefit concert for fire victims on January 24 at the Cedar Cultural Center. For more information go to http://www.thecedar.org/events/2014/01/24/cedar-ave-fire-benefit.

University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview, where some of the victims were treated, has collected clothing, cash and gift cards for survivors and continues working with community organizations to identify additional needs of the survivors.

Figure Ground
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

January 10th - February 8th

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Curatorial Statement

A figure/ground relationship is the interaction between the figure (the foreground) and the ground (the background). Whether it's being used to describe text (the figure) on a piece of paper (the ground), or the person reading (the figure) and their environment (the ground), art needs both a subject and a context in order to have meaning.

Ranging from large acrylic paintings on canvas, to small graphite drawings on printer paper, these four distinct artists create whimsical narratives using bright colors and playful mark making. The paintings embrace their abnormalities and imperfections to explore the figure, humor, and the distortion and manipulation of the world their pictures live in.