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FSP@PPG: The City and the Grid

October 19th, 2017
12:00 PM


Thursday, October 19, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Power Plant Gallery
320 Blackwell Street
American Tobacco Campus
Durham, NC

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A panel discussion with urban planners, activists, artists, cartographers, and teachers

Join us for a lunchtime discussion inspired by the exhibition, Reflections Within the Transitioning Grid: Merging Structure, Form and Design with Technology by Merrill Shatzman and libi rose, currently on view at the Power Plant Gallery from September 15 to November 22, 2017. Urban planner and architect Tony Sease, artist Jina Valentine, and geographer/cartographer Tim Stallmann will join Merrill Shatzman to explore how urban geography and psychology combine to create spaces that shape our movement, our thinking, our relationships, and the possibilities for justice.

A light lunch will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Power Plant Gallery, an initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies and the Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Cover art: Merrill Shatzman.

Anthony M. Sease


Tony Sease is a civil engineer and LEED-certified registered architect focused on the planning and design of walkable neighborhoods and the development of sustainable infrastructure strategies. He has led or collaborated on scores of projects across 30 states, working on behalf of municipalities, foundations, academic institutions, and private developers. He has also taught graduate courses on sustainable cities and urban design at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke and is currently involved in the urban design component of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit project.

Merrill Shatzman

Duke University

Merrill Shatzman is an abstract printmaker whose work includes images in relief, silkscreen, lithography, bookmaking, and digital media. Her prints have been exhibited in 90 solo, invitational, group, and juried shows in the United States and internationally. Shatzman's award-winning prints can be found in numerous collections, including at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the National Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Inspired by her passion for written forms from multiple cultures, including Middle Eastern, Far Eastern, and Mesoamerican, her black-and-white relief images are rich with calligraphic marks, camouflage, patterning, and symbols, which allude to signs and letters, condensed and illegible. Her most recent prints combine digital imaging and silkscreen printing, uniquely highlighting the similarities between different media through abstract, highly patterned written forms.

Tim Stallmann


Tim Stallmann is a freelance cartographer and geographer. His work focuses on the role maps and geographic data play in addressing issues of racial, economic, and environmental justice, particularly in the southeastern United States. He is currently working with Bull City 150 on "Uneven Ground," a series of maps and exhibits reimagining Durham's history through the lens of racial justice, as well as co-editing a People's Atlas of Detroit. Stallmann's maps have been widely published and exhibited. He also leads map-making workshops locally and internationally.

Jina Valentine

UNC Chapel Hill

Jina Valentine’s interdisciplinary practice is informed by the intuitive strategies of American folk artists and traditional craft techniques, and interweaves histories latent within found texts, objects, narratives, and spaces. She has exhibited at The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the CUE Foundation, among others, and has participated in residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop, Sculpture Space, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. She was recently in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, Banff Centre in Alberta, and Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. Valentine's work has been reviewed in various publications including the New York Times, Frieze, and She is also co-founder of the Black Lunch Table audio archive and Wikipedia project.