Karsten Creightney, American, born 1976. 12th & Resilience, 2019. Lithograph on paper 24 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club 2022.175

Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists

January 12, 2023 - April 16, 2023

Graphics Gallery

Artists frequently draw on their own experiences to create unique works of art, incorporating personal themes such as identity and memory, as well as aspects of the universal human experience. Through styles that range from narrative and figurative to conceptual and abstract, the artists in this exhibition have explored these themes in various ways, and include names such as David Driskell, Karsten Creightney, Tyree Guyton, and Therman Statom.

Expressions presents a selection of works on paper by African American artists acquired by the Flint Institute of Arts over the last decade. Several of these artworks were created through traditional techniques such as drawing, woodcut, lithography, screen printing, and etching. While others have experimented with innovative materials and methods like vitreography and sculpturegraph. Despite their differences in method, all of these works can be seen as personal expressions of the artists who created them. 

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Gela 2, 2011 - top left

At the same moment, 2013 - top right 

Amora, 2009 - bottom left

Mela, 2011 - bottom right

Ezra Wube Videoworks: Volume 1

January 2, 2023 - February 28, 2023

Security Credit Union Gallery

This volume features four video works by artist Ezra Wube’s, each uniquely referencing time, urban experience and cross-cultural mobility. Born in Ethiopia, Wube is a mixed media artist that lives and works in New York City. His work focuses on the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the tensions between “here” and “there”. 


List of videos:

Gela 2, 2011
1:59 minutes

At the same moment, 2013
2:58 minutes

Amora, 2009
2:32 minutes

Mela, 2011
1:43 minutes

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Image 1: Sheila Turner, American, 1961 - 2018, Raisin' the Dead, 1999, Gelatin silver print, 25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in., The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, PJ2012.1350.


Image 2: Hayward Oubre, American, 1916 - 2006, Self Portrait, 1948, Ink on paper, 26 1/2 x 20 3/4 in., The Paul R, Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, PJ2008.0925.

Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama

January 29, 2023 - April 23, 2023

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who was described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.” Jones donated the 2,000-plus piece collection to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in 2008. The collection includes art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists, including Emma Amos, Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence, all of whom are represented in this exhibition. These selections display the breadth and depth of the collection, showcasing artists working in a variety of materials and styles from the 1930s to the present day.

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Image 1: Vladimira Klumpar, Czech, born 1954 After Rain, 2007 Cast glass 333/4 x 231/2 x 83/4 inches Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.67 Photo credit: Douglas Schaible Photography.

Image 2: Petr Hora, Czech, born 1949, Hadros, 2006, Cast and acid-polished glass, 18 3/4 × 15 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (47.6 × 39.4 × 12.1 cm), Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation.

Image 3: Vladimir Bachorik, Czech, born 1963, Escallation, 2005, Cast glass, 23 1/2 × 13 1/2 × 4 in. (59.7 × 34.3 × 10.2 cm), Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation.

Breaking the Mold: European Cast Glass

October 29, 2022 - April 2, 2023

Harris - Burger Gallery

The process of glass casting has a long, complex history. Although this technique dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome, contemporary artists continue to push its boundaries and create innovative artworks. Unlike blown glass that is manipulated by hand while hot, cast glass is formed by using a mold. Once the glass is cooled and removed from the mold, artists can further manipulate the surface using coldworking techniques like grinding and polishing. This exhibition will consider the impact of contemporary European glass artists on the history of cast glass.

In the early 20th century several glass manufacturers were making a name for themselves across Europe. They hired artists and designers to create items for production, which in turn, fueled the need for more trained professionals. Schools like Železný Brod Glassworks in the Czech Republic began training the next generation of artists who broke away from manufacturing to focus on glassmaking (including cast glass) as fine art. Because of this, multiple generations of European studio glass artists have adopted the technique and used it to create artwork that emphasizes aesthetics as well as cultural, political, and spiritual themes.

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Maya Culture Guatemala. Cocoa Jar with Monkeys, ca. 800 – 1200 CE. Clay 20 x 10 in. Gift of Robert Drapkin 

Walk on the Wild Side

August 6, 2022 - February 5, 2023

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Animals, both real and mythological, have occupied an important place in art from prehistoric to modern times, often carrying a rich variety of symbolic associations. These creatures have served as vehicles for allegory, moral instruction, and have stood as symbols for power and social status. The human relationship with other species is complex and ever-changing with images of animals in art continuing to entertain and inspire us. 

 From functional to decorative, the artworks in Walk on the Wild Side feature various animal groups from amphibians and reptiles to mammals and the fantastical hybrid creatures. The exhibition, drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, explores animals and their place in culture through three-dimensional works of various time periods and media including stone, ceramic, and glass.

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