Auguste Rodin

French, 1840 – 1917

Large Hand of a Pianist, modeled 1885; Musée Rodin, cast 9 in 1969


7 1/4 × 10 × 4 7/8 in. (18.4 ×25.4 × 12.4 cm)

Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Rodin: The Human Experience – Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

May 6, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Hodge Galleries

In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), the Flint Institute of Arts presents Rodin: The Human Experience/Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. At the peak of his career, Rodin was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind 19th-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit. His vigorous modeling emphasized his personal response to the subject, and he captured movement and emotion by altering traditional poses and gestures. Rodin’s sculpture is often considered a crucial link between traditional and modern art.  

Rodin: The Human Experience showcases over more than 45 bronze sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, from small-scale to monumental works. Included are some of the artist’s best-known pieces, such as studies for his monuments to Balzac and The Burghers of Calais, works from The Gates of Hell, and portraits of well-known people, like writer Victor Hugo and artist Claude Lorraine.

Between 1945 and the early 1990s, B. Gerald Cantor (1916–1996) and his wife, Iris, created the world’s largest and most comprehensive private collection of works by Auguste Rodin. Over 500 objects from the Cantor Collection have been donated to the Cantor Foundation, as well as to more than 100 museums worldwide, including the FIA.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

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From the Exhibition

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Narcisse, modeled about 1882,enlarged and retitled 1890; Musée Rodin, cast 8/8 in 1985, Bronze, 32 × 13 × 12 1/4 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Three Faunesses, modeled before 1896; Musée Rodin, cast in 1959, cast number unknown, Bronze, 9 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin, cast 4 in 1982, Bronze, 45 1/4 × 36 3/4 × 31 1/8 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Bust of Victor Hugo, modeled 1883; cast number and date unknown, Bronze, 17 × 10 1/4 × 10 3/4 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Hand of God, modeled 1898; cast number and date unknown, Bronze, 12 3/4 × 11 1/4 × 11 3/4 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Large Clenched Left Hand, modeled 1884; Musée Rodin, cast 3 in 1966. Bronze, 18 1/4 × 10 3/8 × 7 5/8 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Hans Alexander Mueller

American, b. Germany, 1888–1962

Self-Portrait, ca. 1950

Woodcut on paper

15 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches

Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, FIA 1985.25

Self-Expression: University of Michigan-Flint Student Organized Exhibition

May 13, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Graphics Gallery

When artists create self-portraits, they reveal more than just their likenesses. Self-portraits are often windows into artistic psyches, giving viewers a glimpse at how artists see themselves or wish to be seen. In a self-portrait, an artist materializes the abstract and internal on paper, deliberately choosing how to present themself. Self-portraits merge the artist’s objective physical likeness with a subjective and self-composed portrayal of their identity. Self-Expression is a selection of 20th-century self-portraits on paper drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, including woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings. The styles of self-presentation vary widely, featuring realistic to surreal portrayals, in serious to playful, and straightforward to complex approaches. Carefully constructed, and as individual as the artists who created them, these self-portraits explore intersections of self and artistic identity.

This exhibition is organized and curated by University of Michigan-Flint students enrolled in Dr. Sarah Lippert’s Museum Studies course. The students developed, researched, and curated the exhibition.

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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From the Exhibition

  • Daniel Serra-Badue, Cuban, 1914–1996, Self-Portrait at Age 48, 1973. Lithograph on paper, 13 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches. Gift of Jack B. Pierson in memory of Robert Martin Purcell, FIA 1979.195

Concentric millefiori, pink and white Clichy rose canes, in pink and white stave basket, 19th century
1 11/16 x 2 7/16 inches 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, FIA 1969.75.48

Small Worlds

September 16, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

This exhibition presents a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to present day. It highlights different techniques, styles, and various types of paperweights.

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From the Exhibition

  • Baccarat, French, Garland on white "stardust" carpet ground, mid-19th century. Glass, 2 3/16 x 3 3/16 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, 1969.75.51

  • Paul Stankard, American, b. 1943, Rose Bouquet with James Joyce in a Potato Orb, 2007. Glass, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Private collection 

Video courtesy of the artist and Mark Moore Fine Art


May 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

2011, April Schulnik, American b. 1978, 4:23 minutes

In Mound, April Schulnik creates an alternate world where over 100 hand-sculpted and sewn figures morph with fluid movements. Their bodies dance and sway in a melancholic fashion to the haunting 1969 recording of It’s Raining Today by Scott Walker. 

Schulnik uses traditional stop-motion techniques, shooting each image frame by frame, without the use of special effects or digital manipulation. Comprising over 6,000 frames, the film took nearly eight months to create. Schulnik received a BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to art making, she has a background in dance and music. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Allison Schulnik, Artist

  • Still from Mound

Flint Youth Media Project

July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will exhibit several works by young, local filmmakers throughout July. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–25 and to 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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Josef Albers

American, b. Germany, 1888 – 1976

Homage to the Square, 1964

Serigraph on paper

18 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches 

Museum purchase through the Special Print Fund, FIA 1968.4 

Geometric Abstraction

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Graphics Gallery

Flat, geometric shapes, abstract spaces, and ordered compositions became the fundamental characteristics of geometric abstraction. The style evolved from early 20th-century modern movements like Cubism and Russian Constructivism. This exhibition features works on paper by key Geometric Abstractionists such as Frank Stella, Josef Albers, and Ilya Bolotowsky. 

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by 

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Sunkoo Yuh

American, born South Korea, 1960

Horn Blower, 2010

Glazed and polychrome stoneware

35 × 24 × 23 in. (88.9 × 61 ×58.4 cm)

Gift of Dr. Robert and DeannaHarris Burger 2015.70

Fantastic World of Clay Today

December 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018

Contemporary Craft Gallery

For this new exhibition space, dedicated to contemporary craft, ceramics from the Dr. Robert and Deanna Harris Burger Collection and the museum's permanent collection will be featured. 

In-depth description to come. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Steven Montgomery, American, born 1954. Test Site, 2006. Painted ceramic, 23 × 27 × 8 in. (58.4 × 68.6 ×20.3 cm). Gift of Marilynn and Ivan Karp 2008.325

  • Mariko Paterson, Canadian, born 1971. Willow Bago, 2014. Porcelain, 20 1/4 × 15 3/8 × 7 1/4 in.(51.4 × 39.1 × 18.4 cm). Gift of Dr. Robert and DeannaHarris Burger2015.116

  • Michael Lucero, American, born 1953. Animalkind, 2007. Whiteware, 24 × 16 × 16 in. (61 × 40.6 ×40.6 cm). Gift of Dr. Robert and DeannaHarris Burger 2009.74