Cameron Gray, Swiss, born 1980. Thinking Hurts Too Much, 2013. Video, monitor and media player. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2013.63

Thinking Hurts Too Much

April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019

Media Arts Gallery

Thinking Hurts Too Much is a slowly scrolling video that incorporates found and manipulated internet footage, creating a panoramic collage of gyrating, pulsing, and writhing characters to expose America’s—and the world’s—desire for the sensational. Cameron Gray pieces together thousands of pop culture images to offer a provocative and poignant depiction of excess and the constant urge to seek new and more extreme visual stimulation. 

The video is an immersive experience that is constantly changing, as your eyes move from one area to the next, dancing across a screen that never stops shifting. In doing so, Gray makes us aware of the passage of time as we witness the reactions of other viewers standing next to us—reminding us of the separation that results from unshared memory.

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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 for centuries, but the subject gained popularity in the late 16th century in the Netherlands through Dutch painters. The subject matter continued to fascinate artists throughout the 20th century, with modern artists, such as Marc Chagall, Serge Charchoune, and Roy Lichtenstein, adapting new ways and methods of depicting the traditional genre. This exhibition features works on paper (prints and watercolors) from the 20th to 21st century that depicts still lifes. Artists in this exhibition such as Audrey Flack, Janet Fish, and Jane Goldman show the ways the subject has been continually reinvented to portray scenes of modern life.

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Elliott Jamal Robbins, American, born 1988. Snow White Clapping, 2018. 2:00 minutes. Courtesy of the Artist and Kai Matsumiya Gallery

Snow White Clapping

May 1, 2019 - May 31, 2019

Media Arts Gallery

Elliott Jamal Robbins casts his protagonist as the embodiment of a boy, circumscribed by the trappings of representation, queerness, and race. In the film, Robbins fuses a series of frames from Disney’s Snow White with hand-drawn, virtual armature of a black body. The figure claps in silence; perhaps at an audience or perhaps an individual spectator. Robbins creates an ambiguity between subject and identity, and also between viewer and gaze. He writes of his work, “Through the use of appropriated and self-generated imagery and text, as well as the inclusion of the black male cartooned figure, the viewer is presented with a disjointed narrative. The narrative in question is an exploration of the intersection of societal reading of a black body, as well as subject experience, and the dichotomies to be found between.” Robbins is a graduate of the University of Arizona (MFA 2017). He lives and works in Tucson.

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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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From the Flame: Juried Flamework Exhibition

June 29, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Harris - Burger Gallery

From the Flame is a juried exhibition of contemporary flameworked glass by established and emerging glass artists who reside in North America. Artwork selected for the exhibition will demonstrate the tremendous range and vitality of the art form, including both sculpture and functional objects.

The exhibition considers the various ways contemporary artists are exploring and expanding flameworking (also known as lampworking and torchworking). This centuries-old approach to glassmaking is experiencing a renaissance as artists push boundaries, creating increasingly complex objects with a variety of tools and a range of techniques. 

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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, 1850-1940

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. 

Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850–1940 is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and made possible by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Collection. This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Art Bridges + Terra Foundation Initiative. Generous support is provided by the Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation.

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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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Nathalia Edenmont, Swedish, born Ukraine, born 1970. Excellence, 2011-2018. C-print mounted onto aluminum. 53 1/8 × 64 3/16 in. (135 × 163 cm)

Beauty and Pain: Photographs by Nathalia Edenmont

May 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Henry Gallery

This exhibition features about 20 monumental photographs by Swedish artist Nathalia Edenmont. Drawing on her life experience, Edenmont addresses the themes of beauty and pain through her lush and visually striking images of women and nature.

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