Marilyn: Artist as Icon

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Marilyn, 2011 Silver Print © 2011 Kenneth Josephson and Marilyn Zimmerman
Marilyn: Artist as Icon

Art Department Gallery
150 Art Building
Detroit, Michigan 48201
July 5th, 2013 - August 9th, 2013
Opening: July 5th, 2013 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

United States
Tues-Friday, 12-5
Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University
photography, mixed-media, digital, performance, figurative, modern, sculpture


Marilyn: Artist as Icon, opens July 5, 5PM at the Art Department Gallery with a performative opening reception featuring alumna Sue Carman-Vian, highlighting the newly renovated Yamasaki Reflective Garden. Supported by the Arts Alumni Association.

For the extravaganza performance we invite participants to dance and work with the amazing Sue Carman-Vian in preparation for the festivities. For interested dancers and participants in the performance, please
contact Stephanie Kasmicski at

MARILYN: Artist as Icon is a group exhibition conceived by WSU photo alumni Jon Pickell, Steve Boni, and Donita Simpson. This venue is to honor the participating artists, many of whom are alumni, and the 30 plus years of Marilyn Zimmerwoman’s teaching as a subversive activity; as an evolving feminist forged through serving in the trenches of the culture wars, addressing identity politics, active in grassroots local activism, performance art, revolution, consciousness raising and social justice. Decades of images have been generated as she has been muse, model, and madwoman.

This exhibit includes a diverse representation from the WSU community and nationally which presents a synergistic overview of an identity holding the iconic name MARILYN. Participating artists include WSU faculty Millee Tibbs, Stanley Rosenthal, David Becker (now at U of WI), Professor Emeritus Robert Wilbert, WSU Alumni Thomas Allen, Sheri Archer, Rick Bielaczyc, Steve Boni, Rick Bruner, Sue Carman-Vian, Topher Crowder, Bryce Denison, David Doubley, Ed Fraga, Stephanie Henderson, Peter Lenzo, Eric Mesko, Jon Pickell, Erin Robinson, Donita Simpson, Jack Summers, Alan Truhan, also Judy Eliyas, Elayne Gross, Kenneth Josephson, Cal Kowal, Marianne Letasi, Cary Loren, Erin Miller, Michael Peven, Mike Nykoruk, Jack Sal, Connie Samaras, Michael Sarnacki, Steve Sprague, Alan Teller, Robert Warhover, Allan Zinn and more..

Sue Carman-Vian will be performing again on Third Thursday, July 18 at 6:30 pm.