What I Think About
January 17 – March 25, 2017
A group exhibition and related events that celebrate the artistic and teaching careers of Professors Diane Katsiaficas and Thomas Rose. The exhibition and events include Katsiaficas, Rose and some of their many former students in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota who are now active professional artists. Artists in the exhibition include Felice Amato, Kelsey Bosch, Kate Casanova, John Fleischer, Diane Katsiaficas, Steven Lang, Fred Larson, Niko Lembesis, Yianni Lembesis, Meena Mangalvedhekar, Kevin Obsatz, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Ali Raza, Thomas Rose, Krista Kelley Walsh, Karen Wirth, and Cate Whittemore.
Some Assembly Required (MFA Thesis)
April 4 - 22, 2017
A group exhibition of six artists about to complete the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. The exhibition includes works by Nooshin Hakim, Michael Johnson, Joe Krasean, Alex M. Petersen, Bianca Pettis, and Xavier Tavera. In her mixed media installation that includes an actual airplane wing, Hakim locates the gap between reality and the “enchantment” of ideology. Using open-air Cyanotype exposures on raw canvas, Johnson materializes an essence of the Earth’s constantly shifting atmospheric conditions across time, space, and site. Krasean’s installation of ceramic vessels leavens the density of materiality with an atmosphere of humor and irony. Drawing the viewer in with finely tuned representation, Petersen opens the door to an ambiguous and surprising landscape of identity and sexuality. In a fearless synthesis of cartoon and fine art sensibilities, Pettis invites the viewer to see the world her way through large-scale, colorful paintings. Tavera’s still and moving images cross the boundaries of cultures, geographies, and preconceptions to posit a hidden commonalty that binds us together.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Program | 6:30 - 7:00 PM | InFlux Space
Reception | 7:00 - 10:00 PM | Regis East Lobby