Another Great Thing about the Grand Rapids Art Scene

Mandy Cano Villalobos, Undocumented Histories (installation), 2015.
(image: ArtPrize)
We’re thrilled that SiTE:LAB here in Grand Rapids made HyperAllergic’s top ten list of 2015 exhibitions outside of New York and Los Angeles. Even better, the contribution of our own Mandy Cano Villalobos (now a visiting professor for the Art & Art History Department) was among those singled out as “stunning.” Congratulations Mandy!
“Best of 2015: Our Top 10 Exhibitions across the United States,” HyperAllergic (16 December 2015).
SiTE:LAB’s Rumsey Street Project at ArtPrize (Grand Rapids, MI)
It’s easy to do ruined-spaces and abandoned-building art badly, much harder to do it well. Michigan nonprofit SiTE:LAB has become something of a master of the form, as proven by its project for this year’s ArtPrize. SiTE:LAB took over an entire block of abandoned properties — houses, churches, a garage, and more — and divvied them up among artists to do with them as they pleased. So many of the results were stunning, from Kate Gilmore’s pink performance house to Nick Kline’s striped shrine, to the side-by-side “State of Exception” and Mandy Cano Villalobos installations. . . 
The full story is available here
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