October 16th: Mark Dion, Teaching Social Practice, Shared Voices, Portraits!

I want to acknowledge that Monday Updates is inspired by Monday Memos which is a blog that one of my favorite artist people, Zoë Sessums, writes and publishes every Monday. I'm always excited about the music, fashion, and food that appears on her blog. Plus, I think Monday is a good time to read updates about the previous week.

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In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

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We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!