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Cosmogonic Tattoos: Window Installation and Exhibition by Jim Cogswell

Detail of Apulian Krater (340 BC), 2015. Ink on mylar, 12” x 18”
University of Michigan Museum of Art: April 22, 2017–June 2, 2019

Kelsey Museum (exterior):  June 2, 2017–May 2, 2018

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

In celebration of the University’s 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 uses 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.

Guest curator: Jim Cogswell