As part of its efforts to showcase the importance of the arts to inspiring innovation, MSU Global is hosting a public event for two exhibits currently on display in the MSU Global’s gallery space from 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 11.
Ana Luisa Cardona, a thought leader for arts education in Michigan who is currently an arts education consultant to the Michigan’s Arts Education Instruction and Assessment (MAEIA) Program, will display pieces selected from three of her photography collections. The theme of the exhibit is, “Visual Dialogues,” or as Cardona explains it, everything that happens when images interact with each other and we interact with them.
“My interest has long been the role of images as language,” she said. “I love words and writing too, but this exhibit explores what images ‘tell’ through three specific visual dialogues in which I’ve taken part.”
Cardona recently facilitated the development of Michigan’s Arts Education K-12 Standards (adopted in July 2011) and frequently speaks about the importance of the arts and on arts education related topics ranging from creativity to economic and cultural development. A major focus of her work has been opening opportunities for artistic expression to diverse and underrepresented populations. She’s previously served as a faculty member for the VSA Institute, executive director of the Casa de Unidad Cultural Arts and Media Center and founded with others SEADAE, the state education agency organization of arts education directors, among other endeavors.
The photographs on display at MSU Global include photos taken by Julio Perazza and ones taken by Cardona and Daniel del Solar as they communicated with each other, sometimes while located on different continents. They published two books featuring those collections — Latin Eyes: Spain (2011) and Latin Eyes 2009
“Daniel and I did not speak or use language when editing the Latin Eyes collections,” Cardona said. “We shot photos, sometimes of the same scenes, and then through several iterations paired the photos without the use of words. It was strictly a visual process that allowed us to explore different ways of telling.”
Cardona’s work has been featured in galleries and publications locally, nationally and internationally. Her work illuminates a variety of social and cultural issues.
Also on display at MSU Global are select set pieces and costumes from the Michigan State University Department of Theatre’s recent production of Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Pieces of the set were assembled in MSU Global’s Innovation Space by cast and crew members from the production and surround Cardona’s photography exhibit.
Cardona and members of the Cyrano cast and crew will be on hand at the event March 11 to discuss the work with visitors. Both Cardona’s photography and the set pieces will be on display in the Global Gallery through May 23 and can be viewed during normal business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
MSU Global is located in suite 301 in the Nisbet Building, 1407 S. Harrison Road. For more information, visit msuglobal.msu.edu.