Current Press & Events

August 28, 2018

Encountering The Rare Book Lecture Series

Rebecca Baumann: “Haunted Pages: Rare Books and Their Ghosts,” Sunday, September 16 at 2 pm; Rebecca Baumann is Head of Public Services at the Lilly Library, Indiana University Bloomington.

Emily Spunaugle: “Book Brawn and Book Smarts: Recovering the Labors of the Book Object, Wednesday,” September 19 at noon; Emily Spunaugle is Assistant Professor and Humanities Librarian at Kresge Library, Oakland University.

Andrea Eis: “Curatorial Talk,” Wednesday, September 26 at noon; Andrea Eis is Professor of Cinema Studies, Department of English, Oakland University.

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May 22, 2018

Upcoming Exhibitions

Oakland University Art Gallery’s Year of Exhibitions

We begin an exciting season in September with Encountering the Rare Book. This exhibition will explore the historical importance, contemporary significance, and tantalizing essences of antiquarian books in the Kresge Library’s Special Collections. These collections include magnificent, unusual, obscure, and rare books, many of which are hundreds of years old, including the Hicks Collection of Books by and about Women (17th to 19th centuries) and the Springer Civil War Collection. A range of immersive, educational activities accompanying the exhibition will include lectures, video presentations, and other special events. Curated by Andrea Eis, the exhibition will be built around the participation of faculty from varied disciplines across the university community and will be accompanied by catalogue. University faculty will choose a book from the Special Collections that speaks to them uniquely – perhaps a book that leads to an unexpected realization, or that delights with an unconventional narrative, or fascinates with its lush materiality. Short commentaries gleaned from the experience of each of the faculty will accompany the books they have chosen. In our digital world, we have fewer and fewer chances to directly encounter the rare, to immerse ourselves in the past through books that are physical manifestations of thought and culture. Encountering the Rare Book will offer these opportunities to its viewers.

In October, Where Were They Then exhibits the art and career trajectory of several Michigan artists. The works on display explore the artists’ personal locales in various disciplines (painting, photography, installation, fiber art). The artists will address change, time, and social connectivity as it pertains to their environment and community. Featuring Morgan Barrie, Carole Harris, Mel Rosas, Clinton Snider, Bryant Tillman.

Two senior thesis exhibitions featuring the work of our studio art and graphic design students will punctuate the year in December and April.

In January 2019 we will be mounting Growth and Decay: The Chernobyl Photographs of David McMillan, curated by Claude Baillargeon. In the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, a thirty-kilometer Exclusion Zone surrounding the irretrievably damaged power plant was created to curtail exposure to radiation. In addition to countless rural communities that were buried for eternity, the modern “atom city” of Pripyat, built to accommodate some 50,000 residents, including the plant’s workers and their families, was permanently evacuated. By 1994, the photographer David McMillan began to explore “The Zone” in search of images evoking the essence of the tragedy. Inspired by his teenage memories of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957), a disturbing vision of the world post-nuclear war, McMillan found in Pripyat the embodiment of an irradiated city still standing but void of human life. He has since spent the last twenty-five years bearing witness to the inexorable forces of nature reclaiming the abandoned area. This is the first retrospective of McMillan’s engrossing photographs to be featured in the United States. It is scheduled to coincide with the publication of a much-anticipated monograph issued by Steidl, the foremost publisher of photobooks worldwide.

April 22, 2018

Art In Dialogue Talk

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March 15, 2018

Bart De Baets Lecture

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March 1, 2018

Art In Dialogue

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January 22, 2018

At Your Service Curator’s Talk by Dick Goody, Wednesday, January 24 at noon.

Featuring the art & design faculty of Oakland University:

Lucas Albrecht, Claude Baillargeon, Maria Smith Bohannon,Bruce Charlesworth, Eugene Clark, Miranda Clark, John Corbin, Susan E. Evans, Amy Feigley-Lee, Grace Frost, Lynn Galbreath, JenClare B. Gawaran, Dick Goody, Tim Gralewski, Trisha Holt, Keegan Kuvach, David Lambert, Alexander Meiser, Martha Mysko, Sinisa Nedelkoski, Eleanor Oakes, Kimmie Parker, Matt Ross, Ryan Standfest, Sally Schluter Tardella, Cody VanderKaay, Rachel Reynolds Zahorsky

January 1, 2018


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