NMU Art and Design Faculty Biennial 2011


Jan 14 2011 - Feb 13 2011

This exhibition features recent works by full time and adjunct faculty in the School of Art and Design. Featuring a diverse range of media and concepts, this exhibition highlights the talent of School’s artists, designers and historians.

Film Screening: Scrappers

Scrappers follows two Chicago families who make ends meet using brains, brawn, and bat­tered pickup trucks. Shot in vérité style, the film focuses on work: finding metals; raising chil­dren; understanding the city. The film questions popular notions of poverty, race relations, and recycling and examines dreams of personal self-sufficiency and urban sustainability.

Arriving from Honduras, Oscar found scrapping more enriching than other occupations open to undocumented immigrants. He searches alleys 14 hours a day to support his undocumented wife and American-born son. Yet without a driver’s license or insurance, Oscar’s trucks breakdown or disappear to the impound lot. Police run-ins leave him conflicted over which might be the lesser of two evils, deportation or remaining trapped in the land of opportunity.

Otis, age 73 and proud father of 12, learned scrapping over 40 years ago. With help from his third wife and her son, he searches out metal from appliances and garages, enabling them to escape a decrepit public housing project. Even in the face of slumlords and brain surgery, Otis’ wisdom and hustle light the way towards stability. But when the financial collapse causes metal prices to plummet, he faces near insurmountable obstacles to starting over. Scrappers tackles the geography of a still-segregated city, the hidden lives of undocumented immigrants, and the complex economics of recycling through an examination of daily life. The story is propelled by Chicago musician Frank Rosaly’s percussive score.

  • Artists Included:: Daric Christian, Michael Cinelli, Julie Clark-Risak, Keith Ellis, Christine Flavin, Kristine Granger, John Hubbard, Diane Jarvi, Robert LaLonde, Stephan Larson, Bill Leete, Yvonne Lemire, Michael Letts, Steve Leuthold, Mitsutoshi Oba, James Phegan, Peter Pless, Ed Risak, Jane Shellenbarger, Tracy Wascom, Dale Wedig, and Tom Wolfe

Hourly Schedule

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Friday, January 14, 6-8pm
Opening Reception
January 28, 6pm
Artist's Talk
School of Art and Design Room 165
Kristine Granger
February 11, 2pm
Site of Vision: A Glance at the Faculty Exhibition 2011
Art History Talk (School of Art and Design Room 165)
Kristine Granger