Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Opens Monuments and Indigenous Art Exhibits

KOCHVILLE TWP, MI — The Marshall M. Fredericks Museum of Sculpture at Saginaw Valley State University has announced the opening of two exhibits.

Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in its time 1850 – 2000 and Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology will open September 10 and run through December 17.

Rethinking Monuments: American Sculpture in Its Time, 1850-2000 is an exhibition that frames the history and reception of American sculpture through the prism of contemporary debate.

The exhibition will feature sculptures from a diverse group of practitioners and connect urgent public debates to current events with the sculptural legacy of American history. The exhibit will prompt questions and encourage critical reflection on the monuments, sculptures, and memorials that shape American public spaces and narratives.

By exploring how sculptors created works for different historical moments, this exhibit will encourage visitors to reflect on the many voices and perspectives that inform the current reassessment of American landmarks, according to a press release.

To complement this exhibition, the Museum will host a discussion on monuments led by Benjamin Colman, art curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. For more information on this and other programs and events, visit the museum’s website.

Also opening on September 10, Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology will document international Indigenous artists’ responses to the impacts of nuclear testing and uranium mining on Indigenous peoples and the environment.

The exhibit gives artists a voice to address the long-term effects of these man-made disasters on Indigenous communities in the United States and around the world.

As a compliment, the museum will host a discussion on art and politics led by SVSU Professor Erik Trump from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 5.

“The exhibit will also guide programming for Native American Heritage Month in November,” said museum director Megan McAdow. “The Museum provides many opportunities for celebration and public discussion on related topics.”

Visitors can view Marshall Fredericks’ sculpture ‘Black Elk: Tribute to the Great Spirit’ in the museum’s sculpture garden, then stay for a reception and book signing by Father Michael Steltenkamp, ​​author of two books on Black Elk.

After the reception, Steltenkamp will discuss his Black Elk research and books in a talk at SVSU’s Rhea Miller Recital Hall near the museum.

This event will run from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

For more information about the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and the exhibits featured, call 989-964-7125 or visit the museum’s website at marshallfredericks.org.

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