Cosmogonic Tattoos

Jim Cogswell Jim Cogswell
In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial in 2017, artist and distinguished U​–M art professor Jim Cogswell has been invited to create a series of public window installations in response to the holdings of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. For this visionary project, the artist will adhere a procession of vivid images to the glass walls of the museums in a rhythmically evocative narrative, based on reassembled fragments from a diverse range of artworks in both museums’ permanent collections. The juxtaposed images will address our shared histories and experiences while connecting the viewer to the origins and meaning of objects and their power to shape knowledge, memory, and identity. By leveraging the buildings’ unique architecture, the artist expands our understanding of a museum as a cultural repository and highlights the significant role of these institutions in the life of the campus community.
Cosmogonic Tattoos is on view at UMMA April 22 through December 3, 2017 and at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology from June 2 through December 17, 2017.
Lead support for Cosmogonic Tattoos is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost.
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April 2017

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