Artist Jim Cogswell will explore his work in Cosmogonic Tattoos, a visually stunning and rhythmic procession of vivid, but fragmentary images installed on the glass walls of both UMMA and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. On the occasion of the U-M Bicentennial, Cogswell's installation investigates how objects change in different contexts across time and space, between materials, geographies and institutions. It is about how cultures thrive by borrowing from each other; how the displacement and distribution of objects narrates histories of human displacement and exile.
Cosmogonic Tattoos celebrates the power of architecture, ornament, and material objects to shape knowledge, historical memory, and cultural identity. Its narrative speaks to us about distance, movement, and migration, through sagas of disaster, appropriation, and plunder.
Cogswell, who is also a Professor at the U-M Stamps School of Art & Design, will be joined by Terry Wilfong, Kelsey Museum Curator of Graeco-Roman Egyptian Collections, and Franc Nunoo-Quarco, Stamps School of Art & Design Professor, moderated by Jennifer Friess, UMMA Assistant Curator of Photography, for a discussion and Q & A with the audience.
Public reception to follow at Kelsey Museum.