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Upcoming Events and Lectures

MoFA is excited to announce that some of our public programs will be hosted in the digital space and in person this spring! These events are free and open to the public. For virtual events, please register up until the time of the event to receive the link to attend.

Upcoming Events

 

 

Thursday, January 20th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, come create a clay pinch pot with CDU at MoFA! During the first session, we’ll provide all materials, and members of the FSU Clay Club will provide instructions, just bring yourself, a friend, and your creativity! MoFA’s new exhibition Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits will provide tons of ceramic inspiration. After the pottery is fired, we will have a “Grab-and-Go” night where you’ll be able to pick up your dry creation and some fun crafts to decorate it! For those unable to make it to the first event, don’t worry! We’ll have some extra fired pots for you to pick up and paint as well! Supplies are first come, first serve. This is a drop-in event.

 

Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research and Museum of Fine Arts is excited to welcome Jiha Moon for an opening reception on February 17th at 5pm in MoFA’s galleries and a presentation of her work at 6pm in room 249. This event will be free, open to the public, and in-person, with the option to view it remotely.

A show of her ceramic work, Jiha Moon: Chasing Spirits, will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from January 13th until March 19th.

Jiha Moon is from DaeGu, Korea, and lives and works in Atlanta, GA. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Moon’s gestural paintings, mixed media, ceramic sculpture, and installation explore fluid identities and the global movement of people and their cultures. She says, “I am a cartographer of cultures and an icon maker in my lucid worlds.” She is taking cues from wide ranges of history of Eastern and Western art, colors and designs from popular culture, Korean temple paintings and folk art, internet emoticons and icons, fruit stickers and labels of products from all over the place. She often teases and changes these lexicons so that they are hard to identify yet familiar.

THIS PRESENTATION AND EXHIBITION IS FUNDED, IN PART, BY A GRANT FROM SOUTH ARTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS.

Past Events

Saturday, January 15th at 10:00 am, you are invited to a celebration of the work of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hosted by the Saturday Success Academy at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. During the program, youth will recite and respond to the text “I Have a Dream” (1963) and “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (1968). This empowerment event is sponsored by the Save One Life Foundation, Black History Alliance, FSU Civil Rights Institute, Legacy Taste of The Garden, and 100 Black Men of Tallahassee. Parking is available in the Call Street garage next to the Museum. In-person capacity will be limited. You can email program coordinator Annie Booth at albooth@fsu.edu with questions ahead of the event.

 

 

In connection to the MoFA exhibition, A Shared Body, join us Thursday, December 2nd at 6:00 PM EST for a poetry reading and gallery talk by Heid E. Erdrich and Tacey M. Atsitty. Heid and Tacey will share selections of their work and respond to the artwork featured in the exhibition. The event will end with a reading of Heid’s new poem, Ways of Water / Wash Over, commissioned for A Shared Body. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Read more about the poets below!

Heid E. Erdrich is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She is an author of several books of poetry and prose and is an interdisciplinary artist. Her new book, Little Big Bully from Penguin, won a National Poetry Series award. She authored seven books of poetry, a non-fiction work on Indigenous foods, and edited New Poets of Native Nations anthology for Graywolf Press. Her honors include a National Poetry Series award and two Minnesota Book Awards. She teaches in Augsburg University’s Low-residency MFA.

Her poemeos (poem films and videos) created in collaboration with Elizabeth Day, Jonathan Thunder and Trevino Brings Plenty, have won Best of Show and Best of Fest awards. Heid has curated dozens of art exhibits focused on Native American artists. In 2016, she was a contributing artist to the Creative City Challenge award-winning public art project Wolf and Moose by Christopher Lutter-Gardella. Heid has collaborated with Rosy Simas Danse since 2016, and she has contributed to works choreographed by Ananya Dance, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater, and others. Heid has written plays produced by Pangea World theater. She performs her poetry across the country, sometimes collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and dancers. Her first exhibit as a featured artist was Skew Lines, May 2019, created in a dual residency with Rosy Simas for SooVac gallery in Minneapolis.

Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné (Navajo), is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle People). She was born in Logan, UT, grew up in Kirtland, NM but is originally from Cove, AZ.

Atsitty is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, Morning Star Creative Writing Award, and the Philip Freund Prize. She holds bachelor’s degrees from Brigham Young University and the Institute of American Indian Arts, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY; EPOCH; Kenyon Review Online; Prairie Schooner; When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry; and other publications. Her first book is Rain Scald (University of New Mexico Press, 2018).

She is the director of the Navajo Film Festival, poetry judge for the Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest, a member of Advisory Council for BYU’s Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, a board member for Lightscatter Press of SLC, a founding member of the Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition Board of Directors at This is the Place Heritage Park, and Book Reviews Editor for the Southeast Review.

She is a PhD student in Creative Writing at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lives with her husband.

The FSU Civil Rights Institute and Museum of Fine Arts invite you to join us for an evening reflecting on the intersections of environmentalism, equity, and justice. Tour A Shared Body, an exhibition focusing on artwork that contextualizes water access as a civil right, and watch a performance by Structures for Change, a collective of FSU School of Dance faculty and students. 

A Shared Body is an exhibition of work by seven contemporary artists, including Pope.L, Calida Rawles, and Cannupa Hanska Luger. With subject matter ranging from the Middle Passage to Flint, Michigan, and the Dakota Access Pipeline, the exhibition specifically focuses on the impact of water access to Black and Indigenous communities.

Structures for Change is a dance, song, and story collective featuring faculty and students from the School of Dance as well as collaborators around the world. For the past several months, Structures for Change has been using the museum as a creative research lab and have developed a piece in response to Cannupa Hanska Luger’s Mirror Shield Project. On December 3 they will be joined by vocalist Karen Wilson-Ama’Echefu. See a preview of their work here. The program will also include a performance by School of Dance graduate student Yutong Li.

On Thursday, November 18th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for a presentation and conversation with artist Sarah Sense!

Featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, A Shared Body, Sarah Sense creates photo-weavings with traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw techniques, her photography, and found imagery. Her new work Mississippi and Meshassepi (2021) draws from deep archival and familial research. Referencing various forms of knowledge capture, from the colonial system of mapmaking to the weaving patterns of her Native community, Sense revises the historical record. In these works, 17th and 18th-century records from the British Library are woven with maps and her landscape photographs to confront the impacts of colonial management on the Mississippi River.

Click to learn more about Sarah Sense. 

Click to learn more about A Shared Body.

Stick around after the talk for an artist talk by Chris Cozier at 7:00 PM EST in the same Zoom room! Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) lives and works in Port of Spain, Trinidad. Cozier is an artist, writer and curator, whose work aims to explore and affect conventional readings of the Caribbean. His practice is informed by the writings and the life journey of C.L.R James, a Trinidadian historian, journalist and socialist, who was a leading voice of Pan Africanism. For Cozier, the Caribbean is a fluid space and an ongoing negotiation with shifting narratives and interpretations. From notebook drawings to video installations, Cozier’s artistic practice investigates how historical and current experiences inform our understanding of the wider contemporary world.

These events are free, virtual, and open to the public. After you register, you will receive a Zoom link to stream the event. Reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at albooth@fsu.edu with any questions ahead of the talk.

 

On Saturday, November 20th at 10:30 am, visit the FSU Museum of Fine Arts for a very special Story Time! In partnership with the Leon County Public Library, MoFA will host Story Time in connection to our current exhibition, A Shared Body. Young visitors will hear about the water cycle and read Carole Lindstrom’s We Are Water Protectors to learn how they can treat our Earth with kindness and respect while protecting our waters.

Grab and go activity bags are available at all Leon County Public Library locations as well as the Museum of Fine Arts starting on November 13th. On the day of the event, visitors can park in the Call Street Parking Garage next door to the Museum free of charge. Email program coordinator Annie Booth at albooth@fsu.edu with any questions before the event. This event is free and open to the public. See you there!

 

On Saturday, November 20th, from 1:00-3:00 PM, join us for Make it With MoFA: Screen Printing! At this drop-in event, MoFA Intern Anderson Keel will lead visitors through the screen printing process in connection with our current exhibition, A Shared Body. We will have paper and tote bags available on a first-come, first-serve basis and encourage visitors to bring their own t-shirts from home to print on as well. You’ll learn about current actions happening surrounding the Line 3 Pipeline and leave with a printed object. 

In addition to the printmaking, you can enjoy an electronic music concert by FSU student composers in MoFA’s galleries from 2:00-3:00 PM. You won’t want to miss it! 

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is not required—contact program coordinator Annie Booth (albooth@fsu.edu) with any questions ahead of the event. 

 

 

 

On Thursday, November 4th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for an artist talk by Courtney M. Leonard! Featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, A Shared Body, Leonard is an interdisciplinary artist whose ongoing series BREACH explores the human connection to historical, cultural, and natural resources. The new work, BREACH: Logbook 21 ӏ HYPOXIC, is an installation with ceramic, painted, video, and found elements exploring the oyster harvesting industry. With an emphasis on care, community, and place, her work highlights tangible technologies with the intangible connections that exist within community networks, including collective responsibility, knowledge, and understanding.

Click to learn more about Courtney M. Leonard.

Click to learn more about A Shared Body.

This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. After you register, you will receive a Zoom link to stream the event. Reach out to program coordinator Annie Booth at albooth@fsu.edu with any questions ahead of the talk.

 

On Thursday, October 28th at 6:00 pm, join us for a virtual mask embellishment workshop led by local artist Linda Hall!

Linda Hall and Becki Rutta’s work is featured in MoFA’s current exhibit #SocialDistance on view until December 11th. The show creates an immersive installation reflecting the intensity and discomfort of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through Hall’s “Anxiety Masks” and Rutta’s intimate documentation of performances and interventions in local malls, parks, and other shared spaces.

MoFA will provide all workshop materials. After you register, you will receive confirmation and instructions for picking up your mask embellishment kit ahead of the workshop. This event is free and open to the public, but capacity is limited, so registration is required.

 

Please join us for a lively presentation and exhibition tour led by Dr. Alex Mikaberidze. One of the world’s foremost scholars of the Napoleonic era, Dr. Alex Mikaberidze’s most recent work, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2020), explores how this period of nearly continuous conflict affected the world beyond Europe. Dr. Mikaberidze is Professor of History at Louisiana State University – Shreveport and holds the Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair for the Curatorship of the James Smith Noel Collection, one of the largest private collections of antiquarian books, prints, and maps in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Capacity is limited, so registration is required. Masks are expected at all MoFA programs.

Click here to learn more about MoFA’s exhibition Napoleon at the Movies.

Please join us this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Room 249 of the Fine Arts Building for a presentation and conversation with Angelina Lippert, Chief Curator at Poster House in New York. Prior to joining Poster House, Ms. Lippert worked for ten years as a poster specialist at a leading auction house in New York City. She will share insights into the history of poster arts and the importance of conserving and studying this fascinating area of visual culture.

Following Ms. Lippert’s presentation, we will tour MoFA’s current exhibition, Napoleon at the Movies, which features over 40 original cinema posters from around the world.

This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited, and registration to attend in-person is required. Register now at the link in our bio! This event will also be live-streamed on Facebook.

Parking for this event is available for free in the Call Street Garage. FSU expects masks to be worn indoors by all visitors, students, staff, and faculty. If you do not have a mask, the Museum will provide you with one. 

MoFA is thrilled to work with FSU’s Counseling & Psychological Services to bring you a fall semester slow down!

 

During this virtual event, Art therapists Jessie Spraggins Rochford and Marissa Sowinski will lead you through a soothing mandala workshop following a brief meditation. All you need is paper (any size or color), a pencil, coloring utensils, and a round object (like a bowl or a large mug). You will leave the session with some tools to cope with whatever life throws your way. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 29th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for What It Takes: A Creative Conversation!

In this What It Takes inspired event, Dr. Erika Loic from the Department of Art History, Dr. Aaron Thomas from the School of Theatre, and Daniel Luedtke from the Department of Art will lead a conversation about their creative research practice and academic careers. Learn more about the incredible work happening in the College of Fine Arts and the many paths available in the creative arts. Audience questions are encouraged. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.

Learn more about the exhibition here: https://whatittakes.show/.

Daniel Luedtke is an interdisciplinary artist and musician. His work addresses how illness affects a person’s experience of the world. Within a range of formal strategies, from printmaking, drawing, mixed media sculpture, installation and video, he uses collage and assemblage to illustrate how medical and insurance industries create and arrange our understanding of health and wellness.

Dr. Erika Loic specializes in global medieval art history, manuscript illumination, and the Iberian Peninsula. She is especially interested in materiality and the effects of translating word and image across media, not only historically but also in Digital Humanities initiatives. Before joining the art history faculty at Florida State University in 2020, she held the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art and Digital Humanities in the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Dr. Aaron C. Thomas is an assistant professor in the School of Theatre. His major research area is theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality and violence, and he writes primarily about images of violent masculinity in contemporary culture. As an antidote to writing about violence, he also writes extensively in the field of musical theatre studies, where his work, again, focuses on theatrical discourse surrounding sexuality, masculinity, and violence.

 

 

On Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM EST, join us for the Contrasting Contexts public program and virtual tour!

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Contrasting Contexts: Life through Objects, this public event invites participants to pick an object from their own home to reinterpret for display in a museum. Graduate students from this semester’s Museum Object class will talk with the audience about changing interpretive language within the museum. Additionally, there will be a virtual tour of the exhibition Contrasting Contexts where students will take you behind the interpretive processes involved in curating this show.

This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.

On Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 PM EST, join us for Make It With MoFA: Memory Maps!

In this special What It Takes inspired event, interns Alice Fabela, Ava Romano, and Madison Hayes will lead you through an activity in which you’ll turn memories and goals into creative maps. As you craft your memory map, they will take you through some of the amazing CFA faculty research featured in MoFA’s current exhibition, What It Takes: Creative Research in the College of Fine Arts. You’ll need coloring utensils or collage materials, and paper. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public. Registration is required.

Learn more about the exhibition here: https://whatittakes.show/.

 

Join us for an asynchronous screening of three Indigenous short films followed by a discussion with the filmmakers on April 8th at 6:00 PM!

From April 1st to April 9th, you will have the opportunity to screen three Indigenous films: Cedar Tree of Life directed by Odessa Shuquaya (Kluane First Nation), ?E?anx: The Cave directed by Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) directed by Amanda Strong (Michif). The films will be available to watch asynchronously, and you will receive viewing instructions following your registration—check out trailers for all three films at https://whatittakes.show/artist/kristin-dowell/.

After viewing the films, you will have the opportunity to hear from two of the filmmakers on April 8th at 6:00 PM EST. Facilitated by longtime collaborator Dr. Kristin Dowell, Odessa Shuquaya (Kluane First Nation) and Amanda Strong (Michif) will discuss their work and film practice. A member of FSU’s art history department, Dowell is a settler scholar who has dedicated twenty years to amplifying the work of Indigenous filmmakers and artists. ASL interpretation will be provided. You can learn more about Dowell’s research at https://whatittakes.show/artist/kristin-dowell/. The screening and discussion are both free, virtual, and open to the public.

Register here: https://whatittakesfilmscreening.eventbrite.com.

Odessa Shuquaya is an award-winning filmmaker whose first documentary short, Cedar Tree of Life, follows three Indigenous women from the West Coast as they explore their relationship with the sacred material, Cedar bark. Cedar Tree of Life was produced by Sha Sîkwan Productions Inc. as part of the National Screen Institute’s IndigiDocs Program, with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, CBC Documentary Channel, Creative BC, and the National Film Board of Canada.

Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in) is an award-winning director who creates experimental film that explores land and language, including ?E?anx: The Cave, which was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. ?E?anx: The Cave is inspired by Haig-Brown’s great-uncle’s telling of a Tsilhqot’in tale in which a bear hunter on horseback accidentally discovers a portal to the afterlife.

Amanda Strong (Michif) is a director, producer, and owner of Spotted Fawn Productions, an Indigenous-led production company that focuses on community-driven and collaborative-based illustration, stop motion, 2D, 3D, and virtual reality animations. 2018’s Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) follows Biidaaban, a young Indigenous gender-fluid person, and Sabe, a Sasquatch shapeshifter, set out to harvest sap from Sugar Maples, a timeless Indigenous practice. Biidaaban continues the work of their ancestors, finding connection through Ghost Caribou and Ghost Wolf, figures only Biidaaban can see.

Make It With MoFA

Make It With MoFA events are instruction-based distance learning programs to teach art-making techniques to lifelong learners and build relationships between creative communities.

 

On Thursday, March 18th, at 6 PM, join us for an evening full of floral fun, Make it With MoFA: Pressed Flowers. In this virtual workshop-style event, MoFA interns Cole Hancock, Lydia Liu, and Cay Davis will lead you through the process of pressing flowers using the microwave method and tour a few of the works featured in our current exhibition #MementoVitae. You’ll need flowers, a microwave, paper, and a heavy flat weight like a brick or casserole dish. If you don’t have access to a microwave, no problem! We’ll go over two additional methods of pressing flowers for you to try out after the event. This event is free, virtual, and open to the public.

Spring Virtual Lecture Series

The Museum of Fine Arts is excited to announce a series of guest lectures co-sponsored by the Department of Art and the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) program in the Department of Art History. These events, which will all be conducted online, are free and open to the public. Each speaker utilizes diverse approaches to their creative practice, leading discussions that are vital to the arts and our community. 

A Conversation with Nigel Poor & Earlonne Woods from Ear Hustle

On Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. join us for a conversation between Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, hosts of Ear Hustle.

We are proud to welcome the creators of the internationally acclaimed podcast Ear Hustle, the first podcast created and produced in prison, featuring stories of the daily realities of life inside California’s San Quentin State Prison, shared by those living it. Co-founded by San Francisco Bay Area artist Nigel Poor alongside Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams — who were incarcerated at the time — the podcast now tells stories from both inside prison and from the outside, post-incarceration. In 2020, Ear Hustle was named a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting — the first time the category was recognized — for bringing audiences “a consistently surprising and beautifully crafted series on life behind bars.”

Artist Talk: Hank Willis Thomas

On Thursday, February 18th, join us for a virtual talk featuring conceptual artist and activist Hank Willis Thomas.

Hank Willis Thomas is an internationally renowned conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. His photographs, sculptures, videos, and public art projects confront histories of inequality and injustice through common visual language. His work has been shown and collected by nearly every major museum in the United States, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

Artist Talk: Wendy Red Star in Conversation with Jordan Amirkhani

March 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. EST

On March 11th at 6:00 p.m., you are invited to a conversation between artist Wendy Red Star and curator Dr. Jordan Amirkhani.

Wendy Red Star uses photography, performance, fiber arts, and video to recast and interrogate historical narratives. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, she draws upon deep research in archives to re-examine primary source photographs and cultural heritage. Her work has been shown and collected by the Met, MASS MoCA, the Portland Museum of Art, and the St. Louis Museum of Art. She guest-edited Aperture’s September 2020 issue on Native American photography.

Jordan Amirkhani‘s research and writing reflect her commitment to intersectional feminist critique and the contextualization of issues of gender, class, and race within the development of European and American art from the nineteenth century to the present. She is a regular contributor to Daily Serving, Artforum, and Burnaway, and serves as a Professorial Lecturer in Art History at American University in Washington, DC.

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MoFA’s Spring Virtual Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Council on Culture and Arts (COCA), the Knight Foundation, the Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies (MCHS) Program in the Department of Art History, and the Department of Art.