Asya Reznikov, American, born Russia, 1973. Mapping: 23 minutes, 23 tongues. Single channel, looped video. 23 minutes. Museum purchase, 2007.142


December 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Media Arts Gallery

Asya Reznikov’s work explores how culture, tradition, language, and a sense of home shape and define our identity, as well as the ways immigration, emigration, and travel alter that identity. Mapping records Reznikov writing the names of the seven continents in 23 languages to form the world map. As a childhood political refugee, she is particularly aware of her cultural identity. The imagery is inspired by the myth of the Tower of Babel, personal experience, and data about contemporary language extinction. Reznikov’s use of languages is also an examination of the experience of both otherness and perception.

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Sam Jury, English, born 1969. All Things Being Equal, 2009. Single channel, looped video. 11 minutes, 58 seconds. Gift of Cynthia Griffin, 2016.3

All Things Being Equal

January 1, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Media Arts Gallery

All Things Being Equal is a looped video that explores the notion of suspended trauma. Through the visual tool of mass media, the artist shows how traumatic incidents from the past can repeat and replay, offering the viewer a shared experience. This video depicts the repetitive movements of a figure in confinement, beleaguered by water, an element both destructive and sustaining. Here the water moves almost as an independent agency, and the figure is neither suffocating nor surviving.

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Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Miss Prather’s Class, 2014. Woodcut and silkscreen. 16 x 20 inches. The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African-American Fine Art 

​Wonderfully Made: The Artis Collection of African American Art

January 18, 2020 - April 12, 2020

Graphics Gallery

Flint natives Anthony J. and Davida J. Artis have been collecting African American art since 2009. They have a passion to share their collection and have done so locally, but this exhibition will be its first museum showing. Their collection now totals more than 70 works, mostly prints, but also watercolors and drawings. According to the couple, they have collected art with the themes of faith, family, and faces and “want people to be moved and inspired.” They are attracted to art that tells a story, especially as a means to educate, encourage, and engage the community. The exhibition features works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Mary Lee Bendolph, and Winfred Rembert.

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Whitfield Lovell, American, born 1959. Epoch, 2001. Charcoal on wood and found objects. 77 1/2 x 55 x 17 1/2 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, by exchange, 2002.13


January 26, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Hodge Gallery

Community is defined as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common, especially one practicing common ownership.” In a museum, community is not simply people living in the same place, but individuals coming to a shared space to enjoy the common ownership of their museum collection. In this spirit, Community celebrates works by African American artists in the Flint Institute of Arts collection. 

This exhibition features works in various mediums by some of the most important artists from the 19th century to present day, exploring themes related to community, including ideas of history and place, identity and representation, and social justice and self-expression. Works by Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Renee Stout, Kara Walker and Yvonne Wells, among many others, are included. 

Unique to this exhibition, visitors may vote for one of three works on loan by artists not currently in the collection. Voting will take place through March 8, 2020. Using funds raised by the Community Gala, the work with the largest number of votes will be purchased by the museum. The voting process and subsequent purchase reinforce the notion that the objects in the FIA’s collection belong to the public while emphasizing the collection’s capacity for change and future growth.

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Still from Red Sourcebook, 2018, HD video. Courtesy of the artist.
Ilana Harris-Babou, American. Red Sourcebook, 2018. 4 minutes, 12 seconds. Single channel video.

Red Sourcebook

February 1, 2020 - February 29, 2020

Media Arts Gallery

Red Sourcebook was one of three videos exhibited at the 2019 Whitney Biennial by artist Ilana Harris-Babou. In all three, she uses humor and the language of advertising to draw attention to the ways high-end home furnishing brands often gloss over histories of oppression and inequality in the United States. Red Sourcebook juxtaposes imagery and text from Restoration Hardware catalogues with manuals on redlining, the discriminatory mortgage lending practice that effectively prevented many African Americans from buying homes.

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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

In this exhibition, Nathalia Edenmont explores the themes of fruitfulness and loss, as well as beauty and pain, through her large-scale photographs of women and nature. Edenmont is a Swedish-Ukrainian artist who draws on her life experience, using the camera as a tool to create a unique vision of the world. Her photographs feature carefully staged elements focused on a solitary (usually female) figure against a solid color background. At first the works appear simply to be beautifully orchestrated creations, however, upon further contemplation, these photographs reveal deeper meanings. 

In her studio in Stockholm, Sweden, Edenmont works with a team of eight to twelve people over ten to twelve hours to compose a single “shot.” Using a large-format Sinar camera with 8 x 10 film and many lenses, she has two camera assistants—both professional photographers—a hair stylist, and a dressmaker. It is Edenmont herself behind the camera, communicating, talking with the model, and waiting for the perfect instant to capture the model’s soul on film. 

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