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Sep 7

An UMMA + Kelsey Dialogue: Transmissions across the Gap: Cosmogonic Tattoos with Artist Jim Cogswell

Artist Jim Cogswell will explore his installation 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 are understood in different contexts through time and space, across materials, geographies, and institutions. The installation invites audiences to think 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 Raymond Silverman, Professor of History of Art and Afroamerican and African Studies, for a discussion followed by Q&A with the audience.
Public reception to follow at Kelsey Museum.

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.