Here at Current, we have an obvious and vested interest in the status of print journalism. It’s a survival instinct. Artist Fred Tomaselli has an ongoing love with print as well, specifically the front page of The New York Times. Powered by his lifelong appreciation of the the paper and the gradual erosion of civility in public discourse, Tomaselli has spent the past ten years defacing the front page of the The Times to create his own surreal expression of the world. The UMMA will display a collection of his work in the Taubman Gallery starting October 4, with a guided tour set for Sunday, October 26 from 2-3pm. Tomaselli will speak as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series on October 2, 5:10pm at Michigan Theater.
The beautiful thing about the kinds of songs that Tanager make are how layered they are… These are guitars that envelop you, drums that pull you, melodic phrases that levitate you (and no, I’m not on drugs as I write this)… Those ethereal traits have always distinguished a Tanager song, a hybrid of coarse distortion
It is heartrending to see that message, reverberated through the past and into the present. Cynics may be tempted to ask, “Have we really made any progress?”. Yet, above the calls of protest and activism, the gallery is also filled with silence, waiting for the viewer’s response to the question, “Will you change it?”
Flint’s story is essential to the film because it illustrates the power of greed and why corporate money has no place in government. Macroeconomics 101 tells us that corporations are beholden to one thing—their stockholders. Humans do not enter into this equation. How can you have a democracy for the people when corporate money runs the government? You can’t.
Following Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, a prodigious doctor whose ecstasy over medicine overshadowed his regard for those closest to him, and his striving younger brother W.K., who toiled unappreciated under his brother before setting off on his own to great fame and success.