Feb
20
to Mar 24

Politics of Weeds

January 9, 2018, for immediate release

Contact Howard Oransky, Director, Katherine E. Nash Gallery

612-624-6518 (office) horansky@umn.edu

High-resolution representative images and press release available at:

http://z.umn.edu/14tm

 01_Zheng, Bo Zheng, Socialism Good, 2016, plants (Alternanthera and weeds), 4 x 16 meters  

01_Zheng, Bo Zheng, Socialism Good, 2016, plants (Alternanthera and weeds), 4 x 16 meters
 

What

An experiential exhibition that sparks conversations and shares ways of knowing that center community and cultural relationships with plants that question the politics of the weeds.

Artists and Creative Catalysts

Bo Zheng, Artist and Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, Socially and Ecologically Engaged Art

Diane Willow, Artist, and Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Interdisciplinary Art + Participatory Culture

Where

Katherine E. Nash Gallery | Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota

405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 624-7530 | https://z.umn.edu/14tk

All events are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

When

February 20 – March 24, 2018

Gallery hours are 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM | Tuesday - Saturday

 

Related Events

Public Talk with Bo Zheng

Thursday, February 22, 2018, | 7:00 PM

InFlux Space | Regis Center for Art

 

Public Reception

Friday, February 23, 2018 | 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Participatory Welcoming Reception with the artists and creative collaborators

Description

(Minneapolis) – Politics of Weeds is an experiential exhibition that sparks conversations and shares ways of knowing that center on community and cultural relationships with plants that question the politics of weeds. Artists and scholars Bo Zheng (City University of Hong Kong) and Diane Willow (University of Minnesota) are collaborating to present this month-long experiential exhibition at the University of Minnesota. Conceived as a participatory, social catalyst, the exhibition presents the work of SEACHINA (Socially Engaged Art in Contemporary China), the emergence of a Weed Party collective in Minneapolis/St Paul, and the cultivation of a series of participatory and interdisciplinary collaborations, conversations, teas, actions, performances, readings, and future imaginings. Guided by questions, debates, and embodied knowledge, Politics of Weeds becomes a creative catalyst to explore: how we work with plants to transform politics; how we propagate cultures of resistance, resilience, and re-imagination; and how we form and transform our relationships with plants.

Creative Collaborators

Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, Sayge Carroll, Reb L Limerick, Lisa Philander, Koua Yang, Marcs Young

 02_Zheng, Bo Zheng and Chao Jiang, Pteridophilia, 2016, digital video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.  

02_Zheng, Bo Zheng and Chao Jiang, Pteridophilia, 2016, digital video (4K, color, sound), 17 min.
 

 

Bo Zheng Artist Statement and Biography

Bo Zheng is an artist and teacher committed to socially and ecologically engaged art. He investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. He has collaborated with a number of museums and art spaces in Asia and Europe, most recently Hong Kong Museum of Art, Power Station of Art (Shanghai), TheCube Project Space (Taipei), CASS Sculpture Foundation (UK), and Villa Vassilieff (Paris). His website: http://zhengbo.org/.

 

 03_Willow, Diane Willow, A walk across time, 2015, video object, digital video still with exhibition title overlay, (4K, color), 40 min.  

03_Willow, Diane Willow, A walk across time, 2015, video object, digital video still with exhibition title overlay, (4K, color), 40 min.
 

Diane Willow Artist Statement and Biography

Diane Willow is a multi-modal artist and creative catalyst. By any medium necessary best describes her process. She invites people to participate as choreographers of their experience of art as she tunes our attention to ephemeral experiences, common places, and all forms of life. Diane has been an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium, artist in residence at MIT, visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab, and guest professor of New Media Art at the Beijing Film Academy. Her website: dianewillow.net

Sponsorship

This event is associated with the consortium, Mapping Transitions through the Vehicle of Arts, funded with the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the University of Minnesota through the Provost’s Imagine Fund Special Events Grant, Institute on the Environment Mini Grant, and research support from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the CLA Dean’s Freshman Research and Creative Scholars.

 

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. The Nash Katherine E. Gallery will play an indispensable role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community.

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Oct
14
to Oct 26

Where are you Now? University of Minnesota Twin Cities MFA Exchange Show

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Where Are you Now?

Location: Art Lofts Gallery, 111 N Frances St, Madison, WI

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 6-8p


Artists: Katayoun Amjadi, Andrew Fladeboe, Brittany Kieler, Marc La Pointe, Reb L. Limerick, Nina O’Leary, Kevin O’Meara, Anna Orbovich, Roger Ourthiague, Jasmine Peck, Hillary Price, Dillon Rapp, Sarah Sampedro, Simcha Smith, Emily Swanberg, Erika Terwilliger, Anna Van Voorhis, Asia Ward, Koua Yang


“Where Are You Now?” is a contemplation on the action of exchange, the importance of conversation and checking in, as well as a reflection on our shared time and place (MFA programs in the midwest in the USA on earth in 2017.)

The UW-Madison MFA Exchange Exhibition will open on Friday, December 1, 5-8p at the Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Sep
26
to Oct 7

Fresh Works

For more information please visit the Quarter Gallery's website.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

Fresh Works
September 26 - October 7, 2017


Fresh wounds. Fresh mornings. Fresh dirt. Sometimes, an enlivening of the stale. Fresh play to refresh the way we work. This exhibition features fresh ideas from University of Minnesota Master of Fine Arts Graduate students. A smattering of new energy, experimentations, and efforts from folks creating in this very building. Barely there or laid bare to invite your viewership. A kinship among pieces with distance between. Space for you to figure and configure. Enter with fresh eyes.


Friday, October 6th
Closing Event | 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Join us for a closing event featuring Constructing Space, a performance and installation by Simcha Smith at 6:00 PM, followed by We do don’t we? We do don’t we?, a multi-media performance by Reb L Limerick and Jasmine Peck at 6:30 PM.

 

 

 

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