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Mark Rumsey: Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street


Mark Rumsey:
Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street
Sep 28, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020

Detail from working session, Mark Rumsey, “Memory Map” series, reclaimed textiles, 2019

Detail from working session, Mark Rumsey, “Memory Map” series, reclaimed textiles, 2019

Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street is a site-specific installation by Grand Rapids-based artist Mark Rumsey. It features braids of repurposed textiles strung into planes floating in space. The planes represent Rumsey’s memories of the roof line of the dilapidated rental house he lived in as a youth. The strips of textile are also memories, representing connections with the six women who raised him, his mother and five older sisters. The third element of memory is the repurposing of textiles, which relates to his family’s reuse of materials and furniture throughout his childhood. 

Memory Map is a mash-up of process and materials, excess versus scarcity, privilege and misfortune, focused through Rumsey’s memories of childhood poverty. Rumsey’s experience growing up led him to believe he was ‘less than;’ that poverty was a condition he created, that the poor created. He’s reconciled these beliefs as an adult, now understanding poverty as a social failure, not an individual failure. 

Memory Map is both a personal narrative, reflecting memories of Rumsey’s childhood, and a larger conversation, dealing with the social issues of wealth and poverty in American society.


Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series
Thu, Oct 3, 2019. 9:00 – 11:00 am

UICA Members can enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the galleries led by Juana Williams, UICA's Exhibition's curator. Members, click here to register for Member Morning: Autumn Exhibition Series.


Opening night event, guests discussing artwork

Opening Night Event
Fri, Oct 4, 2019. 5:30 – 9:00 pm

UICA Members: Free.
Public: Free with gallery admission.

Join UICA for the opening of our Autumn Exhibition Series, including On the Scene. Enjoy a cash bar, light refreshments, and a first look at the works on view.


Artist Talk: Mark Rumsey
Fri, Dec 6, 2019. 5:30 – 7:00 pm

UICA Members: Free.
Public: Free with gallery admission.

Hear Mark Rumsey talk about Memory Map: Roof Line - State Street and the inspiration behind his exhibition using repurposed textiles.

Registration required. To register, click here: uica.org/talkrumsey


Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations should contact Megan Bylsma, Associate Director, at 616.454.7000 x11 or megan@uica.org at least 72 hours in advance.


Earlier Event: September 6
SPECTRA