The Stamelos Gallery Center and the Art History Department are together very pleased to present to the University of Michigan- Dearborn campus community, Picturing Places and Spaces: Works of Art from the Stamelos Gallery Center and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, people across the world—and in the UM-Dearborn community—have become intensely aware of the spaces of their homes and the mental and spiritual respite offered by the outdoors, whether they be nearby walking paths or public parks. We have started to return to the familiar places and routines of daily life, but many of us dream of traveling again to exciting cities, national parks, or famous sites around the world. In longing for travel, we imagine seeing new worlds or seeing our own worlds with fresh eyes. This exhibition explores both real and imagined places and spaces as depicted by a selection of international, national, and local artists from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Picturing Places and Spaces, drawn from the University of Michigan- Dearborn permanent collection, features a selection of prints, paintings and glass ranging in approach from realistic to fantastic, and abstract to expressive. European, Mexican, and American artists, including many from Michigan, are featured. Artworks from a wide variety of renowned artists are displayed including Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Helen Gerardia, Russell Keeter, Gordon Newton, Grant Fischer, David Huchthausen, and Louise Nobili. Five remarkable Asian paintings and prints, made possible through a generous loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, are also on view.
The interpretations of lived and conjured worlds are grouped thematically to facilitate the visitor's journey through the gallery. Rather than snapping photos during their travel in this space, we hope exhibition visitors will take with them the varied perspectives offered by the artists in the exhibition.
This exhibition is the culminating experiential learning project of the students enrolled in the Art History Capstone Seminar taught by Professor Susan Erickson during the Fall 2021 semester. In collaboration with Professor Erickson and the Stamelos Gallery Center, the students curated the exhibition, selected the works, designed the exhibition, and researched and wrote about the pieces. The students then participated in an interactive educational opportunity working closely with the Gallery Curator and Registrar to learn incoming loan procedures, gallery preparation, art installation, and lighting in the Stamelos Gallery Center. Participating students are: Lubna Al Nasri; Ethan Arnold; Stephanie Bender; Frank Carter; Nicole Gonzales; Diana Guzman; Mallory Lloyd; Hairaty Mahamadou Alhassane; and Brittanie Sharp.
The Stamelos Gallery Center is located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For more information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313)593-5087 prior to August 29.
World renowned artist Kyohei Fujita was born in Japan in 1921. He is known as the father of Japanese studio glass. Many of his works, including this one, were inspired by early Japanese boxes that were richly decorated with lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlays, and traditionally used to store Buddhist writings, jewelry, inkstones and brushes. Fujita's celebrated ornamental glass boxes revive conventional Japanese aesthetics in a contemporary form. This breathtaking piece was mold blown with gold and silver foil inclusions. Whenever asked by collectors what to keep in the boxes, the artist usually stated "You should put your dreams in them."
---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager