Doug Hill, American. Storm and Stress, 1986. 48:00 minutes. Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank,

Storm & Stress

June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Media Arts Gallery

Displays of violent weather conditions, electrical storms, tornados, floods, fires, and other eruptions are contrasted and equated with equally awe-inspiring images of technology that harnesses or mimics nature. Pitting the specter of nature against technology in time-lapsed images, this stirring video paints a portrait of the encounter between the constructed and the natural, between human control of power and that which eludes man’s control. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Doug Hill, American. Storm and Stress, 1986. 48:00 minutes. Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank,

Flint Youth Film Festival

July 1, 2018 - July 31, 2018

Media Arts Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will exhibit a number of works by young, local filmmakers throughout the month of July. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people, ages 13–30 and college students regardless of age. In addition to a series of free filmmaking workshops, the program provides opportunities for participants to share their work with peers, the public, and professional filmmakers, and screenwriters.

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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002. Parábola óptical / Optic Parable, 1931. Gelatin silver print mounted on board. 9 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (24.1 × 18.4 cm)

Surrealismo: Ojos de México

July 21, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Graphics Gallery

Surrealismo: Ojos de México (Surrealism: Eyes of Mexico) features photographs that demonstrate the enduring influence of Surrealism on photography in Mexico. Surrealism as a style emerged from the ashes of World War I. At a time when artists and intellectuals turned against the “high culture” of the Europe that they believed spawned the horrors of war, some artists viewed Surrealism as a mechanism for celebrating the mysteries of the subconscious mind. Dreams, desires, and fantasies were depicted in strange juxtapositions of time and space. It explored the irrational and the unexpected in life.

French poet and Surrealist André Breton came to Mexico in 1938, met with artists, and proclaimed, “Mexico tends to be a Surrealist place par excellence.” Some Mexican artists resisted the Surrealist label, but the impact of the style was significant. While some photographs in this exhibition reveal the playful and irreverent side of Surrealism, most have a serious and unifying subject—Mexico and its people. The style provides a lens for viewing a country with many contrasts, with subjects that are unexpected, ironic, sad, humorous, frustrating, and hopeful. This exhibition offers an arresting overview of modern Mexican photography.

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From the Exhibition

  • Lola Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1903 - 1993. El rapto / The Rapture, 1950. Gelatin silver print. 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)

  • Lola Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1903 - 1993. Judas / Judas, 1942. Gelatin silver print. 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)

  • Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Nuestra señora de las iguanas / Our Lady of the Iguanas, Mexico, 1979, printed later. Gelatin silver print. 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)

  • Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Magnolia with Mirror, Juchitán, 1986, printed later. Gelatin silver print. 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm)

  • Héctor García, Mexican, 1923 - 2012. Fundidores de Monclova / Smelters of Monclova, 1971. Gelatin silver print. 11 × 14 in. (27.9 × 35.6 cm)

  • Graciela Iturbide, Mexican, born 1942. Rayos-X de pajaro / X-Ray of a Bird, 1999. Gelatin silver print. 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)

Paul Bush, American, b. 1956. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2001. 5:15 minutes. Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank,

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

August 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Imagine that the camera is possessed with a psychosis similar to human schizophrenia. Suppose that this disease subtly changes every single frame of film while leaving the narrative superficially intact. Then imagine that these symptoms came on because of the trauma of recording bizarre or horrific events, such as those of the 1941 horror film Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Scenes from the Victor Fleming movie are restaged frame-by-frame with new performers occupying the body spaces of the original cast.

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From the Exhibition

  • Paul Bush, American, b. 1956. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, 2001. 5:15 minutes. Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank,

Gregorio Lazzarini, Italian, 1655–1730. Judith and Holofernes, ca. 1670–1730. Oil on canvas. 64 1/2 x 80 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2011.318

Art of Collecting

November 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Hodge Galleries

The Art of Collecting, organized by the FIA, is an exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures on consignment from galleries in New York, Chicago, and Detroit that have been selected based on comparisons of price and quality.  All the artworks are available for purchase. Each object represents and outstanding value in the art market and an excellent opportunity for seasoned, as well as novice, collectors to purchase high quality artwork with confidence. Prices range from as low as $150 for prints by emerging artists to more than $100,000 for works by master artists.  

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