Department of Art and Art History Exhibition

Black British Arts Movement of 1980s explored in new group exhibition featuring work of Eddie Chambers

Mon. February 13, 2017

a Union Jack, rearranged as a swastika and gradually reduced to fragments
Eddie Chambers, Destruction of the National Front (1979-80). Courtesy of Tate London.

The Place Is Here, a new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary will be on view from Feb. 4 - April 30, 2017. Featuring the work of Professor of Art History Eddie Chambers, The Place Is Here explores the dialogue between black artists, writers and thinkers during the 80s in Britain. 

Initial reviews can be found at the Financial Times and a conversation with some of the artists in the exhibition, including Chambers, can be found at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking podcast recording

Studio Art Professor Michael Smith Selected for 2017 Münster Sculpture Projects

Mon. January 23, 2017

proposed tattoos for art project
Michael Smith’s drafts for tattoos for people aged 65 and up, part of Not Quite Under_Ground Tattoo Studio, his proposal for Münster Skulptur Projekte 2017. Image courtesy Münster Skulptur Projekte's Out of Body publication. One of three published pieces released in anticipation of the Sculpture Projects in June 2017. 

Michael Smith, studio art professor at the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin has been selected for the fifth edition of the world-renowned Skulptur Projekte Münster (Münster Sculpture Projects) that takes place in Germany only once every 10 years. 

Founded by Klaus Bussmann and Kasper König in 1977, Skulptur Projekte Münster features site-specific works that explore the relationship between art, public space and the urban environment. This year, Britta Peters and Marianne Wagner are curating the exhibition, expanding its reach into the nearby town of Marl and inviting both sculptural and performative approaches.

Included among more than 30 works, Smith’s contribution promises to remain rooted in his performance work. Smith intends to set up a fully operational tattoo studio for senior citizens.

Early coverage of the exhibition can be viewed at The Art Newspaper and Artnet.

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