Department of Art 
                  Monthly Newsletter             October 2020    
Important Dates: 
AU20 Portfolio Review Day Oct. 2
SP 21 registration opens Oct. 19
Faculty News
Roger Beebe
Image: Roger Beebe 
Roger's work will be featured in Ransom 2
Wayfarers Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Opens Oct. 2, 2020
Gina Osterloh

Image: Gina Osterloh
Gina has a solo exhibition at Higher Pictures, NY
October 10 - November 28, 2020

The exhibition is made possible with support from a Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women, Faculty Research Grant awarded by The Women's Place at Ohio State University 2020.

Gina is also participating in an online show, We Listen Nearby, curated by Hồng-Ân Truong for the Wattis Institute, CAA

"Centering the relationship between speaking and listening by interrogating the dual power to name or be silent, we will talk to each other. Over the phone, through sound and storytelling, this project considers genealogies and how we might conceptualize cultural heritages that transgress dogmatic definitions and borderlines and resists false singularities. Compelled by the multi-faceted work of Trinh T. Minh-ha, and in response to the virulent anti-Asian racism of the pandemic crisis and the urgency of the BLM uprising, We Listen Nearby brings together an intergenerational group of artists, activists, writers, and scholars to articulate the power and problematics of legacy and to think through the impact of our histories as migrants, immigrants, refugees, strangers, and friends and contend with the conditions of entangled biologized, enculturated racial politics."

George Rush, Suzanne Silver, and Jared Thorne

Image: Suzanne Silver
October 19, 2020 - March 1, 2021
Department of Art faculty George Rush, Suzanne Silver, and Jared Thorne will exhibit work in Dust: Plates of the Present, the photogram project at the Centre Pompidou, Paris 

Dust: The Plates of the Present is a collective photographic archive, created between 2013 and 2018 on the initiative of the French painter Thomas Fougeirol and the Hong Kong-born American artist/curator Jo-ey Tang. The latter invited 136 artists - visual artists, musicians, writers, graphic designers, video artists, of various nationalities, some in collaboration - to each produce a series of 8 photograms in an improvised darkroom, which they called DUST, in Ivry-sur-Seine. A large-scale collective building and producing a real-time archive, Dust: The Plates of the present pays homage to a disappearing form of image.”

A round table discussion on the collective projects will take place at the Beaux-Arts de Paris on Oct.29.

Carmen Winant
Image: Carmen Winant, Togethering 3, 2020
Fortnight Institute, NYC
Sept. 23 - Oct. 23, 2020
In the new body of work, Togethering, Carmen Winant makes subjects physical closeness. Untethered from its religious connotations, communion is the bringing together of bodies to form one, single body; across these works on paper -- part drawing, part collage -- Winant unfolds the possibilities (political, spiritual) of that conjoining.
Amy Youngs
Image by Amy Youngs
Fall 2020
Amy's work is featured in Ecoconciousness, an online exhibition and catalogue juried by Eleanor Heartne. MFA alumna Kellie Bornhoft also has work in this exhibition. 
Organized by Ecoartspace in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Oct. 14, 2020
Amy is also participating in the International Society for Electronic Arts Conference in Montreal, Canada. Her presentation “Becoming Biodiversity: Upgrading Your Human Reality” is part of the panel “Sentience and Trans-Species Collaboration : Considering the Aims, Desires and Perceptual Landscapes of the Non-Human”
Lecturer and Staff News
Nathan Gorgen
Image: Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen
Existential Byproducts
Altoona, PA

A free showing of work by Ivyside Juried Art Exhibition winners Molly Jo Burke and Nathan Gorgen will be on display in the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts Oct. 8 through Nov. 22.

Burke and Gorgen are an artist and designer couple living in Columbus, Ohio, raising a family. Burke received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master of fine arts degree from Ohio State University. In 2019, Burke accepted the Barnett Fellowship from Ohio State and will pursue her doctorate in arts administration education and policy program. Gorgen received his bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his master of fine arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Gorgen is the lab supervisor at the Studios for Art and Design Research at Ohio State University.

Burke and Gorgen collaborate on their artwork by using the excess materials from their individual practices while also repurposing objects from their everyday lives. Through their artwork they explore the nature of the objects of their lives through the lens of environmentalism and waste, often exaggerating or distorting specific qualities of each object.

Talks and Lectures
Image: Zaiye Stuidio and White Space Beijing
Christine Sum Kim Diversities in Practice Series
Friday, Oct. 2 at 3pm 
Register for the Zoom event through Wexner Center for the Arts website

In her talk Title Zero (a Deaf English loanword for “no title”), Berlin-based artist Christine Sun Kim will share multiple projects that visualize, critique, and contextualize how sound operates in her life and work, as well as its relationship to her Deaf and hearing collaborators, family, and friends.

Christine Sun Kim uses the medium of sound in performance and drawing to investigate her relationship with spoken languages and her aural environment. Kim has presented exhibitions and performances at such venues as the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (solo); Ghebaly, Los Angeles (solo); White Space, Beijing (solo); De Appel, Amsterdam (solo); Sound Live Tokyo; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Berlin and Shanghai Biennials; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, New York. More on Christine Sun Kim.
Moderators: Johanna Burton & Marla C. Berkowitz

Fall 2020 Zoom Conversations with MFAs
The  Department of Art’s Visiting Artist and Grad Studies Committees are partnering with the Wexner Center for the Arts  to create a program for curatorial staff at the Wexner to meet with MFA grad students for one-on-one studio studio visits to take place during spring semester. As an initial introduction and a chance for grads to hear directly about upcoming Wexner programs and the particular interests and approaches of each of the Wexner participants we will be hosting four informal Zoom conversations for MFA students that will be hosted by Art Studio faculty.   
All conversations will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. Following these introductions a process will be established for scheduling visits. Conversations will last no longer than 45 minutes and will take place at  either 10 am or 3 pm on a Friday. The schedule is listed below. A zoom link will be sent to all MFA Students and interested Faculty along with a reminder the week of the scheduled event.

Upcoming talks:

October 9 at 3pm      

Hosted by Jared Thorne and Ann Hamilton:
Dionne Custer Edwards, Director of Learning and Public Practice,
Lane Czaplinski, Director of Performing Arts,

October 23 at 3pm
Hosted by Todd Slaughter and Michael Mercil:

Jean Pitman, Youth, Community and Family Programs Manager,
Jean is a visual artist with over 35 years of experience working in her own studio practices, in museums, galleries, communities and neighborhoods teaching, supporting and managing community-driven art projects and working together with pretty much anyone, anywhere in any form possible.  Jean has a BFA  (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and an MFA along with a graduate certificate in Museum Studies (University of Hawai'i) and has done a ton of freelance work and projects in addition to working in collections, archiving and having regular "jobs" here and there.  Right now she is the Manager of Youth, Family and Community Programs at the Wexner Center for the Arts Learning and Public Practice department. She just returned to this position after living and working in a Buddhist retreat center in Vermont for two years. She lives in a household with two other people and a cat named Miss Twinkleton.
Lucy Zimmerman, Associate Curator of Exhibitions,
Lucy is Associate Curator of Exhibitions. In addition to cocurating Mickalene Thomas: I Can’t See You Without Me, she has assisted in the organization and presentation of more than a dozen exhibitions at the Wexner Center since 2014. In 2018, she curated Anita Witek: Clip, the Austrian artist’s first site-specific installation in the US. Zimmerman also curated the presentation of video works by Stanya Kahn and Nicolás Guagnini and Karin Schneider in The Box. Prior to joining the Wex, she worked as a curatorial research assistant at the Cleveland Museum of Art and contributed to the exhibition catalogues The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection (2012); Van Gogh Repetitions (2013); and Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (2015), among others.
Image: Stephanie Syjuco Block Out the Sun, 2019, Detail
Stephanie Syjuco Diversities in Practice Series
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7pm
Live streaming through Wexner Center for the Arts website

Institutional repositories, archives, and museums are tasked with housing cultural collections, framing narratives and creating research opportunities for future generations. What happens when the holes, blank spots, mislabeled categories, and margins of an archive reveal more about who isn’t included in a national story? Syjuco will share recent projects drawing on research from online databases, internet searches, civic libraries, and museum archives. At stake is how archives (and images) function to reinforce and reinscribe existing power structures, creating barriers for placing oneself into the line of history.

Stephanie Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing and archive excavations. Recently, she has focused on how photography and image-based processes are implicated in the construction of racialized, exclusionary narratives of history and citizenship. She was a 2019 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow at the National Museum of American History in Washington DC. Recent exhibitions include "Being: New Photography" at MoMA; "Public Knowledge," at SFMOMA; "Rogue States," at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; and "Disrupting Craft” at the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. She lives and works in Oakland, California.
Moderators: Carmen Winant and Courtney Hunt  
Suzanne Silver Brown Bag Talk Series: research & practice
Tues. Oct. 20 from 2pm-3pm
Look for Zoom link in departmental email

Suzanne Silver is an Associate Professor of Art at The Ohio State University. Silver studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and received an AB from Smith College and a MFA at The Ohio State University. She has exhibited her work internationally, including the Axel Raben Gallery (NYC), Nexus Contemporary Art Center (Atlanta), Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco), David Yellin College (Jerusalem), the Castle of Otranto (Otranto, Italy), Proteus Gowanus Gallery (Brooklyn), Weston Art Gallery (Cincinnati), as well as in Columbus at The Bureau for Open Culture (COR&P), Angela Meleca Gallery, the Beeler Gallery at CCAD, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Her work is in the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Jewish Museum in NYC.
Silver makes drawings, paintings, objects, and installations where unexpected materials are combined to create a visual language that is open to multiple readings. Recent research interests include Morse Code, semaphore signaling, and endangered languages.
Image: Matthew Brannon, Angkor Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo by Ekk Wiboll
Matthew Brannon talk sponsored by The Global Discovery Theme Public Narrative Collaborative
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7pm via Zoom

Matthew Brannon (b. 1971, St. Maries, Idaho) has long been recognized not only for his wit and literary sensibility, but also for the precision with which he approaches his chosen mediums. He is perhaps best known for his radical approach to printmaking, which, contrary to traditional usage, frequently involves the elaborate production of unique artworks. The vocabulary and voice developed in the prints–arch and erudite, with a sharply psychoanalytic bent–has provided the center for an expanding world of objects and narratives that also includes painting, sculpture, video, and installation. Since 2015 Brannon has almost exclusively turned his attention to the Vietnam War, conducting exhaustive research for a profound engagement with this generation-defining trauma. In the multi-faceted works that emerge from this project, Brannon confronts the messy business of narrating history, creating his own versions of “primal scenes” in the American psyche.

Brannon has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Marino Marini Museum, Florence (2013); Portikus, Frankfurt (2012); Museum M, Leuven, Belgium (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York (2007); and Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (2007). His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens; and Museo MADRE, Naples, Italy. In 2019 Gregory R. Miller & Co. published Concerning Vietnam, a book dedicated to Brannon’s multiyear project investigating the Vietnam War. Brannon lives and works in New York.

Local Exhibitions
Hopkins Hall Gallery

One Voice, One Message: Black Lives Matter, featuring photography by Joshua Edmonds
Oct. 5 - Oct. 20, 2020
On May 25th, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black male was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a police office who held his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds until he was no longer breathing. 

A video recording of this event went viral. And the world reacted. An all too familiar movement resurfaced and the shock, pain, and anger reverberated not just through the U.S. but the world. People took to the streets to protest, to be heard, to enact change.

This photography exhibit shares just a fragment of that reaction that took place in Columbus, Ohio the following days after George Floyd's death.

Through marching, through art, through protest, community members came together to let their voices be heard as one. To echo the same message being shared around the world: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Wexner Center for the Arts
Image: Tomashi Jackson in front of Is Anybody Gonna Be Saved (1948 Middle of Voter Registration Line) (1965 Abernathy and King Watch the Signing of the Act), 2020, and Contradiction (1948 Head of Voter Registration Line)(1965 Clarence Mitchell, Patricia Roberts Harris, and Others Watch the Signing of the Act), 2020. Photographer: Joshi Radin Flores.

Tomashi Jackson: Love Rollercoaster
Sept. 26, 2020-Dec. 27, 2020
For Love Rollercoaster, visual artist Tomashi Jackson is creating five new paintings centered around themes of voter disenfranchisement and suppression in Ohio’s Black communities.

The paintings examine the state’s troubling history with these issues and its particular challenges in the present political moment. Photographs, local and national campaign ephemera, details from conversations with Ohio citizens, and planes of bright color are the foundational materials Jackson uses in creating these compelling works.
Urban Arts Space
Hybrid Arts Lab Call for Proposals

What would it look like to experiment with how art is imagined, made, viewed, and understood? Hybrid Arts Lab invites arts faculty, staff and students to explore new ways of integrating and circulating their teaching and creative activity within physical and digital spaces. Available venues include Hopkins Hall Gallery, Stillman Hall Tent, and online @ UAS from Home. Proposals for Hybrid Arts Lab will be accepted on a rolling-basis throughout Autumn semester.

Regional Exhibitions
Toledo Museum of Art 
Image: Navajo Nation, Eyedazzler RUg. Handspun warp and weft yearns, four-ply Germantown yearn in end courds, about 1890-1910
Expanded Views II: Native American Art in Focus

Dec. 5, 2019 — Dec. 6, 2020
In recent years, the Toledo Museum of Art has sought to actively broaden its collecting efforts and exhibition programs to more inclusively and holistically represent a variety of cultural perspectives and traditions not included in the established art historical canon. At the forefront of this effort is an emphasis placed on expanding the Museum's collection of art made by indigenous peoples throughout the world, with a particular focus on Native American art. The Museum’s collection of Native American art—both historical and contemporary—has grown in number and quality in the past five years. Continued expansion of this area of the collection is anticipated in the years to come. 

To acknowledge this growing area of the collection, the Museum has recently installed a gallery dedicated to Native American art, which opened in Fall of 2018 with the first iteration of the exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus. The next installation in this gallery builds upon the precedent established in the inaugural display and continues its intention of positioning Native American art as a fundamental area of a reimagined American art history.

Highlights of this new installation include a rotating selection of Navajo textile masterworks, on special loan from the Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. These works have been selected for their incredible beauty, exquisite craftsmanship, and ability to powerfully demonstrate the importance of Navajo textiles as a significant art tradition that warrants inclusion in a broadened understanding of what constitutes American art. Other highlights include a woven basket, a beaded bag, and pottery as well of several works of art from the previous installation, including a large-scale work by artist James Lavadour.

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