A blog sponsored by the Michigan State University Museum's Michigan Traditional Arts Program, a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Sharing news and information about the Great Lakes Folk Festival, Quilt Index, the MSU Museum's traditional arts activities, Great Lakes traditional artists and arts resources, and much more. Development of content for this blog supported by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mark Priest and Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives

Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives, a partnership of the MSU Museum and the MSU School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, proudly featured a number of Mark Priest's artworks in the one-man exhibit "Iron Men, Steel Rail," which was held at the MSU Museum in 1996. One of the paintings from this exhibit was purchased by the MSU Museum and remains in the collection today.

As reported a few weeks ago, Priest has continued in his vein of socially informed paintings with a number of series focusing on African-American history and the experience of the Underground Railroad. An exhibit of Mark Priest's current work, “Underground Railroad 2015,” is currently on display in two locations at the University of Louisville where Priest is a professor of art.

Mark and a great representation of the art in the exhibit were recently featured in the video below, generated by the University of Louisville.




The Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives Brown Bag Presentation Series schedule for winter/spring of 2015 can be viewed below:

Philipp Scholz Ritterman
photographer Seeing China exhibit
"Emperor's River: Photographing along China's Grand Canal"
Monday, February 23, 2015 
7:00-8:30 pm
MSU Museum Auditorium

Laurie Sommers

MSU Museum
"Songs of Miners, Lumberjacks and Schooner Men: Alan Lomax's Michigan Legacy"
Monday, March 2, 2015 
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium


Marcie Ray
MSU College of Music
"Love, Sex and Greed: Reflecting Gender and Class in French Comic Opera"
Friday, March 19, 2015 
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium

co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context and the MSU Women's Resource Center

Rebecca Meuninck
Ecology Center
"Labor, Livelihoods and Brazilian Black Gold: Navigating Fair Trade, Coffee Quality, and Environmental Standards"
Friday, March 27, 2015 
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium


Maria Cotera, re-scheduled
American Studies and Women's Studies, University of Michigan
"Working for Justice: Legacies of Latina Activism in Southeastern Michigan"
Monday, March 30, 2015
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium

co-sponsored by the MSU Center for Gender in Global Context, Chicano/Latino Studies Program, Julian Samora Research Institute and the MSU Women's Resource Center

Maite Tapia
School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
"Organizing the Fragmented: Workers, Unions and the Fast Food Industry"
Friday, April 10, 2015 
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium


Peter Cole
History Department, Western Illinois University
"On the Waterfront in Durban and San Francisco: Longshoremen and Social Movement Unionism, 1934-1994"
Friday, April 24, 2015
12:15-1:30
MSU Museum Auditorium

co-sponsored by the African-American and African Studies


For more information, contact John Beck at (517) 432-3982 or beckj@msu.edu or Kurt Dewhurst at 355-2370 (517)