Cosmogonic Tattoos: Exhibition and Window Installation by James Cogswell

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Bicentennial in 2017, artist and professor Jim Cogswell has been invited by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the University of Michigan Museum of Art to create a set of public window installations in response to the objects in their collections.  Titled Cosmogonic Tattoos, his project will use adhesive vinyl images applied in saturated colors to windows in the two buildings, highlighting the role of these museums in the life of our campus community. Through close examination of objects separated from us by deep chronological and cultural divides, imaginatively transformed within our campus context, this project celebrates the power of architecture, ornament, and material objects to shape knowledge, historical memory, and cultural identity.

Kelsey Museum (exterior):  June 2–December 17,  2017

Kelsey Museum (interior special exhibition): June 2–September 10, 2017

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • American
  • History
  • Jim Cogswell
  • and others

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