UICA + KCAD= A Marriage of Love or Convenience?

Have you ever attended the beautiful wedding of two individuals you feared were ill-prepared for the reality of marriage? Maybe they’re too young, or it’s a third marriage, or maybe they’ve only known each other only a few months. It’s hard to ignore your misgivings, even as you wittness the ceremony.  I felt similarly conflicted … Continue reading

Location, Location, Location: Utopia/Dystopia at UICA

On December 21, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art hosted “The End of the World Party”, to coincide with the opening of the featured exhibition, Utopia/Dystopia.  According to the complex Mayan calendar, the date of December 21, 2012 marks a shift to a new long calendar, kind of like turning the page at the end of … Continue reading

My kid waxes poetic on ArtPrize

by Stacy Walsh Now that the buzz surrounding ArtPrize is winding down, I wanted to take a moment to share my reflections.  This year was my first ArtPrize, and taking my kids to look at art (especially now that one of them is talking/communicative) was a new experience as well. Knowing I may want to … Continue reading

Smart spectacles and masterful manipulations: a look at the 3D Juror’s picks

by Tori Pelz ArtPrize goers are not unfamiliar, to say the least, with the role of spectacle in art. This year, we have been entertained by a shoddy sculpture of a lynched Sadam Hussein that was “censored,” prompting the artist to burn the work in a ridiculous gesture of martyrdom. We’ve been charmed by giant … Continue reading

Ernesto Neto seduces audience with swaying hips and invitation to play

As part of the on-going Penny Stamps lecture series, a partnership between the University of Michigan and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, internationally-renowned sculptor and installation artist Ernesto Neto spoke at the UICA this past Wednesday. If you weren’t there, you missed a presentation by possibly the most one of charming contemporary artists.   … Continue reading