October 24, 2014


Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan
On wall: Michael Rodemer, Clock. Microcontroller,
electronic circuits, wall clock. In foreground:Stephanie
Tharp & Bruce Tharp, Crusader Hoola Hoop. Titanium.
Photo: Heidi Kumao.

Displacements, an exhibition of selected faculty works from the Stamps School of Art & Design, is currently at the School of the Arts, Renmin University of China from October 15 thru November 4. One of a number of collaborations with the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan, this exhibition, curated by international curator, critic and Stamps School Dean Gunalan Nadarajan, examines the cultural, spatial and aesthetic displacements of creative work.

Nadarajan explains, “The notion of displacement is fundamental to any and all exhibitions insofar as an object that is displayed in a space other than where it was produced has essentially been displaced. The history of exhibition is in many ways thus a history of displacements—of site, space, context and therefore ultimately, meaning. What does displacement do to these works? Does the work mean and operate differently in different contexts or are some works essentially the same wherever they are shown? Artists and designers participating in this exhibition offer provocative responses to these complex questions of culture, context and meaning.”

Exhibiting artists and designers include:
David Chung, Jim Cogswell, Matt Kenyon, Heidi Kumao, Lou Marinaro, Rebekah Modrak, Anne Mondro, Cynthia Pachikara, Robert Platt, Marianetta Porter, Endi Poskovic, Michael Rodemer, Bruce Tharp, Stephanie Tharp, Nick Tobier

In conjunction with the exhibition, faculty members Heidi Kumao and Cynthia Pachikara made public presentations at Renmin on their individual creative work, and Jim Cogswell spoke at the Central Academy of Fine Art about his collaborative project on dark matter working with physicists and computer scientists.


About the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan 
The Stamps School offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and design. The School’s unique open curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study, requires international educational experiences, fosters community engagement, and draws on the resources only available at a top-ten research university.

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