K. A. Letts’s exhibition, “The Strangeness of Everyday,” opened at the Connections Gallery at the University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex on September 20th and runs through December 21. Letts says of her art: “My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from painting’s history to describe the present Anthropocene age where all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”
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?”
“Unapologetic Dinnerware: a brief history of disposable dinnerware” opened on August 28 at the Kreft Gallery at Concordia University.
See Through: Mirrors and Windows in Twentieth Century Photography, open to the public at the University of Michigan Museum Of Art, makes use of reflective and transparent surfaces to create perspectives and to expand the range of the photos’ possible meanings.
In a self-reflective move, on May 12 the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art opened the exhibition Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa.
Ann Arbor civic leaders Philip and Kathy Power have created the Power Family Program for Inuit Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Building on the Power family’s legacy of advancing awareness and appreciation of art created by the Inuit – indigenous people living in the Arctic – the generous gift is the largest to UMMA during the Victors for Michigan campaign and includes the family’s collection of more than 200 stone sculptures and prints.