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Weird Art, Fuller World

Weird Art, Fuller World

Residential College RCCORE 100
Residential College

Faculty Members: Darcy Brandel (Residential College / Semester in Detroit / Creative Writing and Literature)

Anthony Goicolea
Last Supper
dye destruction print on paper
40 in x 77 in (101.6 cm x 195.6 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

“Weird Art, Fuller World” explores the idea that art makes the world more just and joyful by challenging conventions, questioning norms, and overturning preconceptions. By looking at works that upset the dominant narratives of power and subvert our traditional understanding of art, we confront discomfort, uncertainty, and irreverent play, allowing new possibilities to open up in the process.

For Curriculum / Collection 2022, we selected a provocative set of puzzling and humorous objects. A rooster on a hat. A thimble and a tuft of horse hair. Photoshopped clones eating white bread. How do these eclectic and weird assemblages help us make sense of the world and expand our understanding of its complexities? What do these objects mean individually and, in this installation, collectively? How do they challenge normative notions of art, identity, ideology, and power? How does their weirdness spill out into the rest of the gallery? And do they allow us to see the world in a new way?

Works included in this collection

Exhibition Support

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, and the Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Endowment Fund.

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