January, 2019

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The Turner News, Winter 2019 Edition

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Upcoming Events

Current Exhibition:
MƎƎMENTO: BEFORE
January 22–February 23, 2019
Curated by Jacob Meders

Jacob de Gheyn, Muskateer, ca. 1607, copper engraving; TC Cannon, Two Gun Arikara, 1978, woodcut

Jacob de Gheyn, Muskateer, ca. 1607, copper engraving; TC Cannon, Two Gun Arikara, 1978, woodcut

Through printmaking, installation, and social practice interventions, artist Jacob Meders, a member of the Mechoopda-Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria challenges ideas of indigenous assimilation and the cultural appropriation of Native American identity. In two distinct but related exhibitions, Mǝǝmento: Before curated by Meders from the Turner Print Archive and Collection and Aksum Belle: Afterwards, featuring new work by the artist at the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, Meders creates a “call and response,” where Native American representation is reconsidered through its past and a dynamic and changing present. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org for more information.

Mǝǝmento: Before, at the Turner Print Museum, is curated by the artist from the museum’s collection and investigates the colonial/post-colonial mindset as it relates to Native American cultures and issues. This exhibition includes 34 works by Native American and non-native artists to offer a diversity of perspectives, visual image, and curatorial counterpoint. Meders will also intersperse his own work as contemporary commentary on the relationship between historic and current native issues.

Aksum Belle: Afterwards at the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery features a site-responsive installation by Meders that includes a large-scale suspended print, a woven basket sculpture made from reclaimed technology cables, a graphic vinyl that extends the perimeter of the gallery, and a social engagement project that makes use of newspaper vending machines to distribute a series of letterpress prints. Re-contexutalizing the gallery as an indigenous space, Meders draws attention to the location of the CSU, Chico campus built on the native lands of the Mechoopda-Maidu people. The newspaper vending machines will be located on the Chico State campus as well as sites in the community, creating an opportunity for the public to engage with his work outside the gallery spaces. The editioned prints combine text and imagery that question assumptions of Native American assimilation. The two exhibitions create a time continuum, where Native American representation is reconsidered through its past and a dynamic and changing present. Meders describes the exhibitions as a “call and response” and notes that Mǝǝmento: Before and 'Aksum Belle’: Afterwards are in many ways a single exhibition, “This exhibition offers a place to step into a way of knowing, to reflect and think critically, to be mindful of the land and its indigenous peoples and histories, and to acknowledge the resilience that keeps us here. As indigenous peoples, we are in the time of aksum belle—afterwards—but to understand it we must truly sit in the mǝǝmento, the time before.”

Meders will give two public talks followed by receptions in the galleries lobby. He will discuss his art on Thursday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Zingg Recital Hall and on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. at The Turner he will discuss the process of curating from the Turner Print Collection.

Artist and printmaker Jacob Meders is assistant professor at Arizona State University. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC; The Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ; Mesa Contemporary Arts Center in Mesa, AZ; and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM, among others. He received his BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and his MFA from Arizona State University.

Jacob Meders

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Turner receives $100,000 Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation

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The Turner is thrilled to announce that we received a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for $100,000 to create a web-based digital catalogue of the Turner’s permanent collection. This digitization project will powerfully expand the educational range and impact of the Turner’s collection of over 4,000 fine-art prints by providing access to our significant collection and allow us to meet the demands of our mandate in the 21st century.

The Henry Luce Foundation seeks to enrich public discourse by promoting innovative scholarship, cultivating new leaders, and fostering international understanding. The Foundation’s American Art Program, a leader in arts funding since 1982, supports museums, arts organizations, and universities, in their efforts to advance the understanding and experience of American and Native American visual arts through research, exhibitions, collection projects, and publications. They recognized the timeliness and significance of the Turner’s proposal, written by Turner Curator Catherine Sullivan and Laura Nice, project director. This generous award will fund a two-year project led by Adria Davis, the Turner’s Collection Manager who also has an MFA in photography.

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Turner Curator elected to the Print Council of America

Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan, curator of the Turner since 1993

Catherine Sullivan, the curator and head of archive at the Janet Turner Print Museum, was nominated for membership in the Print Council of America and has accepted. The Print Council of America is a professional organization of print specialists with approximately 270 members, comprised primarily of museum curators, university professors, conservators, and independent scholars with a strong commitment to the study of prints. It provides an important forum for print specialists to meet and discuss shared concerns, and is a leading group for education and advocacy for the print medium. Congratulations to Catherine on this prestigious and well-deserved honor!

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Introducing Interim Dean Tracy Butts

Tracy Butts

The Janet Turner Print Museum is a program of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CSU, Chico and we are pleased to announce that Professor Tracy Butts was selected to serve as interim dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Butts received her BA and MA from Virginia Tech, and her PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She has taught at CSU, Chico as a professor of English since 2001, and has previously served as chair of the Department of English, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and chief diversity officer and director of the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies at CSU, Chico. She was recognized with the Outstanding Faculty Service Award in 2015.

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