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Two major exhibitions open in Richmond Center

Jan. 1, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Two major art exhibits, "Sculptural Concepts" and "Fiber Face," open in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University Thursday, Jan. 10. Both are open to the public free of charge.

Sculptural Concepts, a historical survey of minimalism and conceptual art will be on exhibit in the Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery through Feb. 16. A panel discussion with Don Desmett, exhibitions director, Jeffrey Thompson, WMU assistant professor of art history, and guest historian Emily Taub Webb will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Richmond Center Lecture Hall.

The exhibit focuses on three dimensional art practices and revolutionary changes that occurred over the last half of the 20th century and into the 21st. Artists represented in the exhibit include Vito Acconci, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, Dan Flavin, Robert Morris, Sherrie Levine, Mel Bochner and Robert Smithson, Ana Mendieta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Wade Guyton. An exhibition catalog prepared by Desmett and Thompson will be available.

Fiber Face--Cross Cultural Batik Collaborations runs through March 21 in the Kerr Gallery. The exhibition was organized by Dr. Mary Louise Totton, assistant professor of art history, and includes artists Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo Isnugroho, who are artists-in-residence at WMU this year through a Fulbright Scholar residency and University funding.

"In essence, our world cultures are one and have arisen from the strength of the mind and the spirit of humankind and are based on the philosophies and cosmologies that are their roots," write Fliam and Isnugroho of their work. "Ancient traditional cultures give evidence of this process and are roadmaps for the future."

Fliam and Isnugroho have been working together since 1985, when they established their fine-art batik studio, Brahma Tirta Sari, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Richmond Center gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For additional information, contact the Frostic School of Art Exhibitions Office at (269) 387-2455.

Media contact: Don Desmett, (269) 387-2455, donald.desmett@wmich.edu

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