Haroon Gunn-Salie

September 12-November 12, 2017, "After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art." Above: Haroon Gunn-Salie (South Africa, b. 1989), "Amongst Men," 2014; M1 casts with marble aggregate and fiber-glass blanket, gut, sound element, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. "After the Thrill is Gone" was organized by the James W. & Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University. Curated by Dr. Andrew Hennlich.



Fall 2017

After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art

September 12-November 12, 2017
(Closed October 6-16, 2017, for the College's Fall Break.)

Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

After the Thrill is Gone:  Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art features fourteen artists who read the political climate of post-apartheid South Africa through fashion’s embrace of the “new.” The artists in After the Thrill is Gone use fashion to shape narratives of representation, identity, memory, xenophobia, violence in the domestic sphere, and allegories of nationalism. Both individually and collectively, these artists locate fashion as a political language and reinterpret the historical terrain of South Africa after the thrill of apartheid’s end is gone.


Kudzanai Chiurai, Julia Rosa Clark, Hasan & Husain Essop, Pierre Fouché, Gabrielle Goliath, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Daniel Halter, Nicholas Hlobo, Gerald Machona, Mohau Modisakeng, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Mary Sibande

Organized by the James W. & Lois I. Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University. Andrew Hennlich, Ph.D, Curator.

Spring 2018

Robyn O'Neil: We, The Masses

January 23-March 8, 2018
Sussel Gallery

Saints, Relics, and Images: The Art of Medieval Devotion

Working Museum Lab (hours to be posted)
January 23-April 16, 2018
Saints, Relics, and Images Exhibition
April 17-May 13, 2018
Burton D. Morgan Gallery

2018 Studio Art Senior Independent Study Group Exhibition

April 27-May 13, 2018
Sussel Gallery

Fall 2018

The Ocean After Nature

September 11-November 18, 2018
Sussel Gallery and the Burton D. Morgan Gallery

“Our premise is that the sea remains the crucial space of globalization. Nowhere else is the disorientation, violence, and alienation of contemporary capitalism more manifest, but this truth is not self-evident, and must be approached as a puzzle, or mystery, a problem to be solved.”
— Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, 2010

For centuries, the ocean has prompted awe, figuring as a vast unknown space loaded with notions of the sublime and the exotic. In the past fifteen years, however, global technological and economic shifts have triggered new concerns and understandings of the ocean. As we consider the future of our planet, today’s oceans reveal more about the consequences of human actions than ever before. The ocean and humanity, no longer thought of as separate, exist in a relationship of mutual and potentially destructive influence.

The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.


Ursula Biemann, UNITED BROTHERS, Noël Burch, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen, Mati Diop, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Ulrike Ottinger, Manny G. Montelibano III, Deimantas Narkevičius, The Otolith Group, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Carissa Rodriguez, Rafi Segal, Allan Sekula, Supersudaca

A publication accompanies the exhibition.

The Ocean After Nature is an exhibition curated by Alaina Claire Feldman and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible with the generous support from ICI's International Forum and Board of Trustees.