Current Richmond Center Exhibition

Image Credit: Harvey Opgenorth, Museum Camoflouge Christopher Wool

The Inland See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan
James Yood, Curator
September 6 – October 6, 2007

The four states that border Lake Michigan; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin -all have large populations of artists, superb cultural and academic institutions, etc., and yet the history of Midwestern Art is largely un- or misarticulated. The Inland See argues for the significance of place as an element helping to construct the vision of many artists living in this region. The Inland See defines the special nature of contemporary Midwestern Art, distinct, say, from the art produced on the East or West coasts of America.

Albertine Monroe Brown Gallery, Fall 2007 Hours
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 6 p.m.

Art School

Image Credit: Finn Chen-Quigley …

This photo is of students lining up near the Architecture Department Building. The students are lining up for art examinations to get into the school. 6000 worried students are taking tests for the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing – China.

Art Summer University – Tate Modern London


Art Summer University is a four-day celebration of creative energy. It will present a cutting-edge programme of video works with international artists, curators and theorists. Through a series of talks, screenings and presentations, this event will give audiences direct access to brand-new international video art fresh from Venice, Documenta, Basel and Münster.

Tate is inviting 18 artists from around the world to come to London to premiere a new artwork, discuss their artistic approach and interact with the audience. The interested public, students, emerging artists and arts professionals will have the opportunity to meet established artists practicing internationally, to ask questions and explore the diversity of the video art form.

Incident at Oglala – The Leonard Peltier Story


In 1975, armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Gunfire Erupted a Native American and two FBI agents fell dead. After the largest manhunt in FBI history, three men were apprehended only one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. This is his story.

From the very beginning, Peltier s case has been dogged with controversy. Were the charges trumped up? Was the evidence falsified? Ware witnesses pressured to change their testimony? Many people, including some of today s greatest legal minds, believe that Peltier is an innocent man.

Twelve years ago, Robert Redford visited Leonard Peltier in prison. Today, after yours of struggle with the FBI and the prison system, he and director Michael Apted (Gorllos in the Mist, Coal Miner s Daughter) are able to present incident at Oglala a riveting examination of the case and the real story of what my be one of the most outrageous abuses of justice in American history.

Next up: Born Rich on 9/27

Fall 2007 Frostic Reading Series

Monday, Sept. 17, poet William Olsen
Monday, Oct. 1, playwright Rich Orloff
Wednesday, Oct. 10, poet and essayist Lia Purpura
Monday, Oct. 29, novelist Robin Hemley
Wednesday, Nov. 7, poet and essayist Marvin Bell
Wednesday, Nov. 14, novelist Victor LaValle

All readings are at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, which is located at the corner of Oakland Drive and Oliver Street on Western Michigan University’s East Campus. There is free off-street parking behind the theatre.

James Yood – 9/6 Richmond Center Lecture Hall

September 6, 2007
Richmond Center Lecture Hall, 2nd Floor

James Yood, Curator of “The Island See: Contemporary Art Around Lake Michigan”

Guest Curator James Yood teaches contemporary art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Art History. Active as an art critic and essayist on contemporary art, he is a Chicago correspondent to Artforum and tema celeste and also writes regularly for GLASS magazine, American Craft, Aperture and Art and Auction. Educated at the University of Wisconsin and at the University of Chicago, he has lectured on issues in modern art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Terra Museum of American Art, the St. Louis Art Museum, the Akron Art Museum, the Museum of Art and design in New York, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, and many other venues. Among his books are Spirited Visions: Portraits of Chicago Artists, Gladys Nilsson, Second Sight: Printmaking in Chicago 1935-95. He has also served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.