Art Exhibitions at MSU Law
In December 2002, Michigan State University College of Law began showcasing the work of visual artists who raise important questions and issues confronting society. In so doing, these exhibitions have enhanced the facility as a welcoming space for students, faculty, staff and the community-at-large. The exhibits are showcased in public spaces on the 3rd and 4th floor of the Law College Building. The Law College also hosts artist lectures and receptions for the Law College community and the general public to meet the featured artists.
Following is a brief chronological overview of past exhibits, starting with the most recent exhibition. For more information, contact the exhibition coordinator, Professor Nicholas Mercuro at email@example.com or 517-432-6978.
It Takes a Village: From Gondar to Jerusalem
The exhibition on display May 19 - June 7, 2013 recounted the resettlement of Ethiopians from Ethiopia to Jerusalem. The striking photos depict the traditional tribal lifestyle that these Ethiopians left behind for life in a modern, high-tech, democratic society in Israel. Most of the Ethiopians emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel during two massive waves of immigration mounted by the Israeli government – "Operation Moses" in 1984 and then again during "Operation Solomon" in 1991.
Time Out .... photographs by Trisha R. Wilcox
Many can snap a pretty picture. Trisha Wilcox's photographs take us much further than the feelings evoked from beauty. Her work brings us to linger for a while in a state of transition between thought and emotion — a Time Out for solitude. The exhibition was on display in the third floor gallery area of the MSU College of Law from March 2013 through the end of May 2013.
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“Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - Molly Dilworth 36 ° 30'” (2012)
This is a two-part exhibition. The four text panels describe the history and mission of an arts advocacy organization - The Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. In addition, we have included the works of one of the many VLA Art & Law Residency artists - Molly Dilworth in her show titled 36 ° 30' These eight banner compositions are constructed from visual references to global trade and labor. Each reflects the hybrid iconography drawn from states' flags and emblems as well as the logos of companies with a relationship to the 36 ° 30' parallel, cumulatively weaving together a history of global trade.
Nora Chapa Mendoza ~ Artist, Elder, Activist
This exhibition showcases the artistic talents of Nora Chapa Mendoza. Although she began painting as a child, her career as an artist began at the age of 47. A longtime Detroit resident and social activist, Ms. Mendoza’s work often deals with themes such as conditions confronting poor people in Latin America, the plight of American Indians and migrant workers, and women's affairs. This exhibition includes her work with figures, landscapes, abstracts, and a collection of miscellaneous paintings.
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“Gardens: From the Backyard to Rooftops” (2012)
Featuring the work of Chicago artist Brad Temkin, this exhibit explored two series of photography by Temkin—“Private Places” and “Rooftop: The Rise of Living Architecture.”
“Hope Against Odds” and “Rules” (2011)
This pair of exhibitions featured paintings of Michigan State University College of Law student Colin Darke, '04, now a practicing lawyer.
“Give Me Your Hands: The Legacy of the Barre Sculptors and Their Stone” (2011)
This photographic exhibition by Leslie D. Bartlett documented the lives and crafts of immigrant master stone sculptors who had labored with the granite stone from the quarries of Barre, Vermont.
“Living Under the Trees: Images from the World of Migratory Labor” (2011)
This photography exhibition by David Bacon revealed the faces of indigenous Mexican farm workers living in California with text panels and photographs of farm workers and their families.
“Suburbia Mexicana: Cause and Effect” (2010)
“Suburbia Mexicana” is an exhibit that explores the urbanization of Mexico through photographs from Dominican-born Mexican photographer, Alejandro Cartagena.
“Year of the Miracles: Austria and the Cold War” (2010)
Curated by Günter Bischof and Lorenz Mikoletzky and underwritten by the Austrian State Archives of Vienna, this exhibit explores Austria’s geostrategic location on the periphery of the Soviet sphere of influence and recounts the role Austria played in helping to open the iron curtain along its borders which ultimately lead to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989.
“The Presentation of Evidence as Art” (2009)
Curated by Karl Gude, this is a unique exhibition of media images and legal graphics – some were used to tell a narrative in newspapers while others were presented as evidence in trials throughout the nation.
“Faces from an American Dream” (2009)
This collection of photographs by Martin Desht depicts the shift from America’s industrial economy to a modern service-and information-oriented economy at the end of the twentieth century and the impact of that transformation on cities and towns and ultimately on the American dream of skilled and unskilled workers across the nation.
“Speak Truth To Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World” (2009)
Curated by Kerry Kennedy and Nan Richardson, this exhibition is part of a larger project underwritten by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial which brings people face-to-face with 35 women and men from countries across the world who are courageous defenders of human rights. These powerful portraits were taken by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, Eddie Adams.
“The Innocents: Headshots” (2007)
This exhibition of 45 photographs by Taryn Simon featured headshots of individuals who had been exonerated from death row, based on DNA evidence acquired by the Innocence Project through the efforts of Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck.
“Displaced Sudan: The Cost of Silence” (2006)
Much of South Sudan lies shattered and strewn across the Central and East African landscape. More than two and half million people have been killed and another five million have been internally and externally displaced by the conflict. "The Cost of Silence," a photographic exhibition by Ryan Spencer Reed collates a large body of images in order to construct a narrative of one of the most critical social issues of our time - genocide.
“Building Islam in Detroit: Foundations, Forms, Futures” (2006)
“Building Islam in Detroit: Foundations, Forms, Futures” is a multi-media exhibition designed for public audiences in an effort to help us all understand how Detroit’s Muslim communities have evolved over time. The exhibition catalogues the diversity of Detroit’s Muslim communities as well as documenting and reinterpreting the building of mosques and the creation of Muslim spaces in Detroit as a deeply historical process.
“State of Mind” (2006)
Robert Sestok is a genuine, passionate artist who, working through sculpture and painting, seeks to achieve the realization of his subconscious and creative thoughts. As can be seen in “State of Mind”, his work is responsive to and inspired by his environment and the events of the movement.
This art exhibition featured 46 works by student artists from Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University.
“An American Show” (2004)
This exhibition featured the works of Detroit artist Tyree Guyton. The artist, a native of Detroit, is known for his open-air installations and paintings on Heidelberg Street where he was raised. Guyton worked to transform Heildelberg Street into a work of art, decorating houses, cars, and trees.
The Heidelberg Project
“The Bregenz Art Exhibition” (2003)
“The Bregenz Art Exhibition” was jointly sponsored by Hankins Art Gallery and the Michigan State University College of Law in conjunction with the M.S.U.’s Kresge Art Museum and Department of Art and Art History. The show exhibited 59 paintings by Austrian artists who live in or near Bregenz, Austria.
“2nd Overture: MSU Student Art Exhibition” (2002-2003)
The first exhibition, “2nd Overture: MSU Student Art Exhibition”, was on display from December 2002 to May 2003. It included many pieces from the 2002 summer exhibition titled “Overture: MSU Student Art Exhibition” held in Bregenz, Austria. Overture was organized by Professor Nicholas Mercuro of the law college and Dr. Wilhelm Meusburger, the Director of the Association of Artists of the City of Bregenz in Austria. It featured the paintings and photographs of 21 MSU student artists and was on display in the State Parliament Building in Bregenz for six weeks. Upon return to MSU in December of 2002, that exhibition was incorporated into the “2nd Overture” which then included 57 paintings and photographs by 27 MSU student artists. Thus, “2nd Overture: MSU Student Art Exhibition” became the law college's first exhibition.