Cosmogonic Tattoos

April 22, 2017 - June 3, 2018

In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial in 2017, artist and distinguished U­–M art professor Jim Cogswell was invited to create a series of public window installations in response to the holdings of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. For this visionary project, the artist adhered a procession of vivid images to the glass walls of the museums in a rhythmically evocative narrative, based on reassembled fragments from a diverse range of artworks in both museums' permanent collections.  The juxtaposed images address our shared histories and experiences while connecting the viewer to the origins and meaning of objects and their power to shape knowledge, memory, and identity. By leveraging the buildings’ unique architecture, the artist expands our understanding of a museum as a cultural repository and highlights the significant role of these institutions in the life of the campus community.
 
Cosmogonic Tattoos is on view at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology through May 2, 2018 and UMMA through June 3, 2018.

Lead support for Cosmogonic Tattoos is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional support for the artist's project is provided by the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

Images

Jim Cogswell, Digital studies for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Study for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016, shellac ink and graphite on mylar. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Digital study for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Study for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016, shellac ink and graphite on mylar. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Digital studies for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Study for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016, shellac ink and graphite on mylar. Courtesy of the artist

Jim Cogswell, Study for Cosmogonic Tattoos, 2016, shellac ink and graphite on mylar. Courtesy of the artist

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatApr 22
Exhibition Opens
Sun
May 28
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Fri
Jun 9
2017
Outside In: A Walking Tour of Cosmogonic Tattoos with Jim Cogswell
5:30pm6:30pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Jun 18
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jul 9
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Sep 3
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Thu
Sep 7
2017
An UMMA + Kelsey Dialogue: Transmissions across the Gap: Cosmogonic Tattoos with Artist Jim Cogswell
6:45pm8:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Oct 1
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sat
Oct 14
2017
Family Art Studio: Window Tattoos
11:00am1:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Oct 14
2017
Family Art Studio: Window Tattoos
2:00pm4:00pm
Artmaking / Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Oct 29
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Nov 5
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Dec 3
2017
Cosmogonic Tattoos
2:00pm3:00pm
Gallery Talks and Tours
SunJun 3
Exhibition Closes