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

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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Mary Cassatt, American, 1844 - 1926. Lydia at a Tapestry Frame, ca.. 1881. Oil on canvas. 25 5/8 × 36 3/8 in. (65.1 × 92.4 cm) Framed: 35 × 46 × 4 1/2 in. (88.9 × 116.8 × 11.4 cm). Gift of The Whiting Foundation

Collecting Stories

September 15, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Henry Gallery Hodge Galleries

Assembling a diverse body of artwork through collecting has always been a priority to the FIA. To celebrate the museum’s 90th anniversary this exhibition will highlight key works that were collecting during the museum’s existence.

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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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Alexis Rockman, Forces of Change

Alexis Rockman: Great Lakes Cycle

May 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020

Henry Gallery Hodge Galleries

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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