Creative Time Summit hits home in Grand Rapids- a local take on that darn buzzword, “Placemaking”

by Steve Davison “A true sense of place is a virtual immersion rooted in lived experience, political commitment and a topographical familiarity that is really kind of rare these days” – Lucy Lippard, Keynote Address, 2013 Creative Time Summit Last weekend, the Office for Public Culture of Grand Valley State University hosted a public screening … Continue reading

Poignant Vignettes: Photographic Works by Tracy Longley-Cook and Rachel Girard Reisert

…the pairing is well-suited. Both series obliquely reference polite Victorian divertissements like illustrated armchair travel books, journaling, or collecting natural specimens.

Andrea Kowch’s Lucid Dreamers at the Muskegon Museum of Art

Andrea Kowch: Dream Fields, is on-view at the Muskegon Museum of Art through October 27. The exhibition includes twelve large paintings and several preliminary studies, depicting women assuming unremarkable activities, in spare prairie landscapes, or shabby farmhouse interiors. Kowch’s painting Sojourn was exhibitied at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in conjunction with ArtPrize 2012.  Sojourn (2011) features … Continue reading

Top 10’s cousins: Giving context to the public-vote winners

Images compiled by Kevin Buist and Tamara Fox To frame Monday’s Critical Discourse of the Top 10 public-voted ArtPrize pieces, ArtPrize Exhibitions Director Kevin Buist presented “companion pieces” that lent historical precedence and context to the ArtPrize works. He clarified that these pop culture or art historical comparisons were not comparisons of quality, but simply … Continue reading

What’s in a vote?

Musings of a Political Scientist at ArtPrize by Kevin R. den Dulk, Professor of Political Science at Calvin College Artistic expression confronts me like a foreign tongue.  I generally realize when I’m experiencing art, but only in the way that I generally realize when I’m experiencing Mandarin Chinese. I know just enough to appreciate that … Continue reading

Quotable quotes from Critical Discourse of the ArtPrize Top 10

by Tori Pelz Witty, generous, and frank sum up the general tone of this year’s Critical Discourse following the announcement of the top 10 public voted ArtPrize pieces. Jerry Saltz, famed art critic of New York Magazine, Adonna Khare, artist and winner of the last year’s ArtPrize public vote, and Tamara Fox, Kendall College professor … Continue reading