Tsukioka Kōgyo, Japanese, 1869–1927. Kinatsu, 1923, Woodblock print, 14 7/8 × 10 1/16 inches. Collection of David R. Weinberg

The Drama of Japanese Prints

January 19, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition features woodblock prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869–1927), from the private collections of Dr. David Weinberg and Dr. Sheldon Siegel. Each work depicts scenes and characters from Japanese Noh theatre, which combines acting, singing, dancing, and elaborate costuming to tell stories of romance, revenge, adventure, and salvation. Noh theatre is a traditional aristocratic form of Japanese performing arts, is considered more refined than the popular Kabuki theatre. The stage decorations are sparse, drawing the audience’s attention to the actors in their lavish, colorful costumes. 

The Drama of Japanese Prints features prints from two major series by Kōgyo: Nōgaku zue (pictures of Noh plays) and Nōgaku hyakuban (One Hundred Noh Plays). After experiencing a performance in 1883, he developed a deep interest in the Noh theatre. Because he wanted to evoke the experience of the plays on paper, his prints feature vibrant, dynamic figures against a minimalistic background.

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Vanessa German at ARThouse, Homewood, Pittsburgh. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok, Fine Art, NY. Photo: Brian Cohen

Vanessa German: Miracles And Glory Abound

January 27, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Henry Gallery

This exhibition explores the power of stories. How do tales that pass from generation to generation change with each retelling? How do the alterations of truth affect our understanding of history and shape current ideologies? 

When the story of George Washington leading Continental army soldiers across the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 is told, most Americans think of the painting depicting an heroic Washington standing in a small, crowded boat thrusting forward through icy water. The large Emanuel Leutze painting (now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City) has been reproduced in history books, adorned classroom walls, and illustrated the story of that fateful winter night for more than 150 years. Despite its iconic status, Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) contains many visual fabrications, mythologizing rather than portraying an accurate retelling of the historical incident. 

Miracles and Glory Abound draws from both the visual and emotional concept of the iconic painting. Using her own power-figures to imitate Leutze’s composition, Vanessa German creates a conversation about public memory and the rewriting of history through the lens of privilege. The exhibition explores the complicated, nuanced history of the United States and how that history relates to our current suffering in the echoes of violence, hate, and materialism.

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Lega Peoples, Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lega Four Face Figure, 19th–mid 20th century. Wood, patina. 11 3/4 inches. Collection of Dr. Robert Horn

Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection

January 27, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Hodge Gallery

This exhibition features African artworks from the Dr. Robert Horn collection. Dr. Horn began collecting African art more than 50 years ago and the collection contains more than 60 African cultures, primarily from countries in Western and Central Africa. This collection includes masks as well as small-to-medium-sized figures made of wood, bone, metals, clay, and beads, representing various spiritual, social, and ceremonial messages. From ritual to status-related objects, Engaging African Art demonstrates the rich diversity of African visual expressions and cultures.

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Nicolas Provost, Belgian, born 1969. Papillon d’amour, 2003. 4:00 minutes.

Papillon d’amour

February 1, 2019 - February 28, 2019

Media Arts Gallery

By subjecting fragments from Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon to a mirror effect, Provost creates a hallucinatory scene of a woman’s reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. This physical audiovisual experience produces skewed reflections upon love, its lyrical monstrosities, and a wounded act of disappearance.

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Howard Ben Tré, American, born 1949. Two, 2002. Cast glass, lead, pigmented waxes. 60 × 29 1/2 × 15 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.15

Hybrid: Glass + Metal

February 16, 2019 - June 16, 2019

Harris - Burger Gallery

Glass and metal are an unexpected pairing—one fragile, and the other formidable—but they’re not as different as you may think. Both are formed with heat and cool into a fixed position. They are fundamental elements in our everyday life, from the gadgets we use to the buildings we inhabit. Both have been used in the creation of art for thousands of years. 

Contemporary artists like Howard Ben Tré, Albert Paley, Mary Shaffer, and Michael Glancy have explored the vast possibilities of combining the two materials, from cast to blown glass and forged to electroformed metal. Through the union of glass and metal, each object in this exhibition embodies a dynamic synergy unachievable if the materials were used independently. Many of the works in Hybrid: Glass + Metal are part of the Sherwin and Shirley Glass Glass Collection, on loan from the Isabel Foundation, and on view for the first time at the FIA. 

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(left) Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973. Nature morte (Still Life), n.d. Woodcut on paper. 18 1/4 × 15 in. (46.4 × 38.1 cm). Museum purchase 1962.27

(center) Roy F. Lichtenstein, American, 1923 - 1997. Sandwich and Soda, 1964. Silkscreen on clear mylar. 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm). Image: 19 1/16 × 23 in. (48.4 × 58.4 cm). Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation 1985.54.6

(right) Marc Chagall, French, born Russia, 1887 - 1985. Nature morte brune (Brown Still Life), n.d. Lithograph on paper. 9 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (24.1 × 18.4 cm). Gift of the family of Carroll W. Driggett 2001.13

Still Modern

April 20, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Graphics Gallery

Still life artworks depict inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, and vessels. This genre of art has been employed by artists since ancient times, but the subject gained popularity in the late 16th century in the Netherlands through Dutch painters. The subject matter has continued to fascinate artists throughout the twentieth century, with modern artists adapting new ways and methods of depicting the traditional genre. This exhibition will feature works on paper (prints, photographs, and watercolors) from the 20th to 21st century that depict still lifes in a modern way, showing that artists have continually reinvented the subject for their generation.

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Isabelle de Borchgrave, Belgian, born 1946. Mantua, 2011. Mixed media. 59 x 94 ¼ x 25 inches. Collection of the artist.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

June 15, 2019 - September 8, 2019

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper features the life-size, trompe l’œil paper costumes of Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave (b. 1946). From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, her work covers 500 years of fashion. Each paper sculpture is inspired by depictions found in early European paintings or fashion collections from around the world. Included in the exhibition is a sculpture based on a painting by Justus Sustermans in the FIA’s permanent collection.

The exhibition has been organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Society of the Four Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Frick Art and Historical Center, Baker Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, and SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.

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Francis David Millet, American, 1846 - 1912. The Window Seat, 1883. Oil on canvas. 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm). Manoogian Collection

Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1950

October 5, 2019 - December 30, 2019

Hodge Gallery

Enter the world of American painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as they depicted complex visions of American life, culture, and identity. This exhibition features 40 paintings drawn from the Manoogian Collection of American Art on loan from the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

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Alexis Rockman, Forces of Change

Alexis Rockman: Great Lakes Cycle

May 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

A multi-faceted exhibition by New York-based artist Alexis Rockman will examine the forces—past, present, and future—shaping the Great Lakes, one of the most emblematic and ecologically significant environments in the world. The project features all new work by the artist based on his travel, interviews and extensive research in the Great Lakes Region.

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum, with support generously provided by the Wege Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frey Foundation, and LaFontsee Galleries and Framing.

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