Friday, November 2, 2012

Cultural Bricolage at the Student Unions: Mizzou Artists Inspired by Cuba's Ediciones Vigía

In collaboration with the Cultural Bricolage: Artist Books of Cuba's Ediciones Vigía conference (November 11-13), the Missouri Student Unions are proud to host two art shows featuring Mizzou students inspired by the work of Vigía and Rolando Estévez Jordán, its principal designer. The conference's webpage describes Ediciones Vigía as "a collective of book artists located in Matanzas (Cuba) that publishes handcrafted art-object books in a number of genres bringing together multiple aesthetics."  

The Design, Construction & Re-Imagination of Books
Missouri Student Center, in the display case just outside of Mort's.
November 1-31, 2012

"Beginning-level design students in the Department of Architectural Studies created works inspired by the artistic processes of Estévez and Vigía. After selecting a design manifesto written by a 20th century architect, students in Lyria Bartlett’s class produced handmade constructions that reflected the manifestos’ social and technological agendas as well as three key characteristics of Vigía publications: the use of found materials; elements of surprise; and interactive parts" (quoted from the conference Gallery Guide).

Amy Santimauro, Hermann Muthesius: Aims of the Werkbund, 1911, 2011

Cover to Cover: Dressing by the Book 
Missouri Student Center, in the Lower Lair Lounge display cases.
October 31-November 16, 2012

"Using Vigía’s handmade books as inspiration, students in Jean Parsons’s course in Textiles and Apparel Management designed garments from repurposed materials and non-fabric media. They focused on the intimate relationship between reader and book, body and clothing, reflected (for example) in the sounds of turning pages that echo the rustling of fabric" (quoted from the conference Gallery Guide).

Sarina Sun, Talking to the Lips, 2011 and Jina chung, Plastic beauty, 2011

This campus-wide conference is sponsored by Mizzou Advantage, the Museum of Art and Archaeology, MU Libraries, MU Art Department, Organization Resource Group, McQuinn Center, MU Afro-Romance Institute, MU Arts & Humanities Small Grants Program, Chancellor's Diversity Initiative, and Chancellor's Distinguished Visitors Program.

A special thanks to Lyria Bartlett and the Department of Architectural Studies, Dr. Jean Parsons and the Department of Textiles and Apparel Management, as well as all of the students whose work made these displays possible.


Authored by Niki Eaton, PhD student, Art History and Archaeology

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