Video: Jim Cogswell Talks 'Cosmogonic Tattoos'

Artist Jim Cogswell, in a talk on September 7, 2017, explored 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.
Cogswell, who is also a Professor at the U-M Stamps School of Art & Design, was 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, in a discussion followed by Q&A with the audience.

Read our interview with Jim Cosgwell from earlier this spring.