MFSM plans exhibits for fall

The entrance to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum where exhibits will be held. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (MFMS) will have a variety of new exhibits throughout the academic year.

Currently, MFSM is hosting a Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition (RBJSE). This exhibit displays the merit winners from 211 artworks that were submitted across Michigan and Indiana.

RBJSE has been on display all summer and will remain there until Oct. 2.

“What I like most about the current (RBJSE) is that it provides an opportunity for regional sculptors, within a 200-mile radius of the Museum, to gain exposure and be celebrated for their talent,” Joannah L. Lodico, MFSM’s community engagement catalyst said.

Looking ahead MFSM will carry two different exhibits in the coming semester. The first, “Time Refocused: Photographs” by Luis C. Garza from Sept. 11 – Jan. 15, 2022, and “Notes from The Quarantimes” from Oct. 16 – Jan. 15, 2022.

“Time Refocused” is a collection of black and white photos that document the events in time which Luis photographed. These include East Los Angeles in the early 1970s, Hungary during the World Peace Conference in 1971 and more.

Lodico captured the importance of the photographs. “Some photographic images cannot be forgotten,” she said. “They become iconic to an age, a place, or both.”

Luis’s work is set up differently from most photographical works as the photos are not set in chronological order.

“His intent is to subvert the usual distinction between documentation and art that form the two main branches of photography,” Lodico said. “The idea is to suggest a narrative for the viewer to construct on their own.”

The “Time Refocused piece” is done in partnership with the NEA Big Read grant which MFSM received for the 2021-2022 school year. The NEA Big Read is a program designed to explain our view of the world and our reading capacities. MFSM is excited to have received this exhibit through the NEA Big Read grant.

According to Lodico, “The grant will support a community reading program focusing on the book ‘The House on Mango Street’ by Sandra Cisneros between Sept. to June 2022.”

“Notes From the Quarantimes” display artists’ work from during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include works from Detroit artists Mitch Cope, Graem Whyte, Clinton Snider, Andy Krieger, Scott Hocking and Michael McGillis.

In addition to the exhibits, MFSM will be hosting the kick-off event celebrating Hispanic Heritage.

The event is scheduled for 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 18. Included in the event will be food, a Mariachi band and more.

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