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UMich Campus Temporarily Houses New Art Exhibits

From vibrant kaleidoscopic botanicals to artistic activism on the war in Ukraine and the critical water issues facing the Great Lakes region, the University of Michigan campus is now home to many new and exciting art exhibits. .

The Michigan Daily told several members of the campus arts community about three unique temporary exhibits on display in Ann Arbor.

Inspired by nature: 20 years of art by Hava Gurevich — exhibited at Matthaei Botanical Gardens until September 11

The art exhibition “Inspired by Nature: 20 Years of Art by Hava Gurevich” is on display at the Matthaei Botanical Garden on Tuesday. Sophia Afendoulis/Daily. Buy this photo.

InInspired by nature”, artist Hava Gurevich uses striking colors, abstract shapes and intricate patterns in her acrylic paintings to bring botanical forms to life. Gurevich, who graduated from the School of Art and Design in 1990 and is now a professional artist, spoke to the Daily about the exposure. Exposed since the beginning of July, it is now nearing the end of its run.

Gurevich said she views her work as a combination of art and science.

“My colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic patterns,” Gurevich said. “Blending images from the real and imaginary worlds, my art celebrates nature in all its beauty and complexity.”

Gurevich’s canvases depict vibrant flora and fauna. In one of his paintings, “The Prisoner’s Dilemma”, vivid honeycombs and spirals twist around the bees. These same forms are found in his more aquatic paintings, such as “Cambrian Explosion”, where long tendrils of chartreuse wrap around jellyfish-like entities on the cerulean web.

A lover of life sciences and biology, Gurevich said her inspiration stems from how different parts of the natural world are intrinsically linked. In all of her works, Gurevich explores the patterns she observes in nature, bringing them to life in an abstract and psychedelic way.

As a former UM, being recognized by the University for her professional artistic career is particularly meaningful for Gurevich.

“It’s a way of seeing everything (making) it come full circle,” Gurevich said. “It feels a bit like going back to basics.”

To see Gurevich’s art in person, visitors can view the exhibition at the Matthaei Botanical Garden until September 11. She said the location complements the art – rather than a gallery, the Botanical Gardens provide a place where her works coexist with nature itself.

“If you are drawn to botanical gardens, then my work will speak to you,” Gurevich said. “And if you’ve never been to the Botanical Garden, coming to see my exhibit could be a great opportunity to experience this gem we have on campus.”

I have a crisis for you“: Ukraine’s Women Artists Respond to War – on display in the Lane Hall exhibition space until December 16

The art exhibit, ‘”I’ve Got a Crisis for You: Ukraine’s Women Artists Respond to War”‘ is displayed at the Lane Hall exhibition space on South State St. Tuesday. Sophia Afendoulis/Daily. Buy this photo.

Grace Mahoney, a Rackham student and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literatures, curated the exhibit alongside Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Ph.D., head of the U.S. Fulbright Program in Ukraine.

“I’ve Got a Crisis for You” features artwork created by Ukrainian women artists during the ongoing war with Russia. It is sponsored by several departments at the University, primarily the LSA’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Women and Gender Research Institute (IRWG).

Mahoney said she and Zychowicz wanted to bring the work of Ukrainian women artists to Ann Arbor to give them an international voice.

“The main idea is to give Ukrainian women artists a platform to share the work they have done in response to the war that is currently unfolding in Ukraine,” Mahoney said. “We are particularly interested in framing (the exhibition) through the lens of gender and their perspectives specifically as women.”

The works presented in the exhibition use a variety of mediums to convey their message. Drawings of ukrainian artist Kinder Album represents war resisting Ukrainian women and evacuated citizens. Visual artist and curator Oksana Briukhovetska works with textiles, expressing her grief through war rugs that contrast floral designs with illustrations of graveyards. The title of the exhibition, “I have a crisis for you”, is inspired by the name of a poem written by poet and documentary filmmaker Lyuba Yakimchuk, whose work expresses the emotional complexity that accompanies life-changing experiences like war.

The exhibition is open to the public and aims to make the Ukrainian crisis more tangible, especially for those who only heard about it in the media and were not directly affected. According to the IRWG websitethe featured artists were selected because of their significant exploration of gender issues in their works.

“For the average visitor, Ukraine seems very far away,” Mahoney said. “The idea is to help (visitors) connect and see how critical and devastating this war is…and (to) tell stories that aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. .”

Although the exhibition is already presented at the Lane Hall Exhibition Gallerythere will be an opening WELCOME for the exhibition commented by the curators on September 15. The following day, several artists themselves will speak on Zoom during a round table of artists. Both events are open to all members of the UM community.

Watershed — exhibited at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) until October 23

The “Watershed” art exhibition is presented at UMMA on Tuesdays from State Street. Sophia Afendoulis/Daily. Buy this photo.

According to the UMMA website, “Watershed” explores the interrelated past, present and future of the Great Lakes region. Jennifer Friess, associate curator of photography at UMMA, curated the exhibition, which started its run in one of their rotating exhibition spaces in June. Friess said the goal of the exhibit is to use art to convey the interconnectedness of the Great Lakes region while contributing to the discourse surrounding critical issues in the region.

“The watershed doesn’t obey borders – it seeps into all aspects of life throughout the region,” Friess said.

The exhibition offers an immersive insight into the history of the region. Michael Belmore’s sculpture is centered in the gallery and connects the value of copper and stone in Indigenous cultures to contemporary life. “The Gift,” an eye-catching mural by artist Bonnie Devine, was painted directly onto the gallery wall and explores the history of colonial expansion in the Great Lakes region. A accelerated video of Devine painting the mural allows viewers to watch the piece take shape. Friess said many of the works express issues around Indigenous displacement, water rights, access to clean water and more that connect ancient artifacts to experiences in the present day.

“To see the works in person and to be really immersed in their textures and colors, you get so many different perspectives on these issues,” Friess said.

The exhibition features six new works commissioned by UMMA specifically for “Watershed”. The commissioned works were made by different artists, ranging from paintings and sculptures to videos and prints. Friess said the exhibition also features works by several other contemporary artists who she says make the exhibition a timely response to water quality and water safety issues in and around. of the Great Lakes.

Friess said it was an exhibit that anyone could connect to, and she encouraged anyone interested to stop by the museum and immerse themselves in the art.

“No matter where you’re from, you walk out of the show with a sense of awareness about water and your relationship to it,” Friess said, “Water is a central element that brings us all together.”

Daily reporter Natalie Anderson can be reached at [email protected]