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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crossing Borders: Exhibit Open House with MSU Artist and Professor Dylan Miner

Courtesy of MSUglobal 
MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Professor Dylan Miner has a new exhibition opening at the MSU Global Gallery. The bikes included in the exhibition were featured at the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.
From the MSUglobal Press Release:

"OPEN HOUSE: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 3:30 – 6:00 pm. Join us for the gallery opening and meet Michigan State University artist and activist Dylan Miner, whose work will be on display.

Location: MSU Global Gallery, Nisbet Building Suite 301, 1407 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

RSVP Here!

If you can’t make it to the opening, you can still come view the artwork! The exhibit will be open to the MSU Community and runs from January 20 – February 18, 2015 and the gallery hours are from Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm with the exception of university holidays.

DYLAN MINER is a border-crossing artist, activist, and scholar. He is Associate Professor in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, where he coordinates a new Indigenous contemporary art initiative and is adjunct curator of Indigenous Art at the MSU Museum. Learn more about what inspires him and influences his work here.

CROSSING BORDERS features select pieces of Miner’s work from two projects that are influenced by Indigenous history and culture. They explore themes of collaboration between art and community, while prompting us to think about how we can become active participants in building a better society. Native Kids Ride Bikes is an ongoing project that brings together Indigenous youth and artists with non-Native university students to create low-rider bikes that give insight into the foundation of the Anishinaabeg people’s teachings. Each bike represents a different teaching of Our Seven Grandfathers: wisdom, love, respect, bravery, honesty, humility, and truth.

Michif-Michin or, “the people, the medicine” represents non-Western forms of community healing and health through soft and bright relief prints of plants, which Miner collected when he was learning about the various ingredients of earth-medicines."

Read a conversation with Dylan Miner here.