John Clem Clarke

American, born 1937

The Banquet of the Civic Guard by Van Der Helst, 1983

Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 88 1/2 × 215 in. (224.8 × 546.1 cm)

Gift of Ivan and Marilynn Karp, 2013.66

Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection

September 16, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Hodge Galleries

Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection features objects of both gigantic and diminutive size. Throughout history, artists have often utilized the element of size (or scale) when determining the context of their work. The objects in this exhibition date from the late 18th century to the 21st century.

As we often consider the size of an object relative to our own bodies, objects that are much larger than us have a different impact than those that are miniscule. While a large work may envelop our field of vision, a small work requires us to look more closely. Scale also affects the approach of art-making—a large painting requires ample studio space whereas a small painting may be portable. Scale can also reflect the varying purposes in which works of art were meant to serve, a large artwork may make a bold statement whereas its smaller counterpart may present a subtler message. 

From oversized paintings by Sophie Matisse and Ray Parker to small works by Sir Henry Raeburn and David Eichenberg, the artwork in Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection will consider the importance of size in the experience of art.

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From the Exhibition

  • Ray Parker, American, 1922 – 1990. Untitled, 1980. Oil on canvas, 90 × 218 inches. Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. William S.White 2013.16

  • David Eichenberg, American, b. 1972. Aimee, 2011. Oil on panel, 7 x 6 1/4 inches. Museum purchase, 2013.3

William Stolpin

American, b. 1942

William Stolpin, 2004

Screenprint on paper

26 x 20 inches

Promised gift of the artist

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Graphics Gallery

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin will feature prints from the long and distinguished career of Bill (as he’s known to most) Stolpin. Currently living and printing in Holly, Michigan, Stolpin, a retired engineer, has been making prints for over 50 years. He began making linoleum block Christmas cards when he was in junior high school. One year, he made a card with seven different blocks and fifteen colors, which helped him decide to explore printmaking more seriously. He studied with internationally known lithographers and relief printers and has been teaching printmaking classes at the FIA Art School for the past decade. When asked how he would sum up his work as a printmaker, he used the word “eccentric.” He works in multiple print mediums, including woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, aquatints, and serigraphs. 

Stolpin’s artwork is not just varied in its technique but in subject matter as well. His work revolves around several themes, including architecture, landscape, fantasy, abstraction, and space. “I make images that are interesting to me,” he says, with hope that others may share his interest. From medieval castles to the far reaches of space, The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin presents the many passions of this prolific printmaker.

Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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Justin Teilhet

American, b. 1972

Composition #2 (set of three), 2013

Wheel thrown porcelain 

20 3/4 inches high

Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

The Art of Containment – Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Collecting art often involves a number of motivations, but for Sidney Swidler the main catalyst was the excitement he got from the objects themselves. In 1984, Swidler began collecting contemporary ceramics and, since that time, he has collected over 1,000 objects. His background as a modern architect honed his eye for the essential elements of form, texture, glaze selection, craftsmanship, and artistic intent. His preference for contemporary work was enriched by the interaction he could have with the living artist. He visited studios and attended national ceramics conventions where he discovered the work of hundreds of ceramicists from the United States and beyond.

In 2010, Swidler gifted over 800 pieces of contemporary clay to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California, and in 2017 he has gifted over 100 objects to the FIA. The Swidler Collection of ceramics encompasses pieces by ceramicists working predominantly with the vessel form. Some consider the straightforward functionality of a bowl or pot while others consider the cultural or social implications of the vessel. Whether they are traditionally inspired or uniquely modern, the objects in The Art of Containment: Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection illustrate the versatility of this art form and the breadth of Swidler’s collection.   

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From the Exhibition

  • Judi Tavill, American, b. 1968. Carved Sculptural Vessel, 2012. Wheel thrown and hand carved stoneware, 9 1/4 x 5 inches. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

  • Brett Freund, American, b. 1983. Gem Pot, 2015. Porcelain. 4 3/8 x 7 inches. Promised gift of Sidney Swidler

Alex Hubbard. “The Border, The Ship,” 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

The Border, The Ship

September 16, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Alex Hubbard’s videos involve carefully choreographed and dynamically composed experimentation with objects, paint, and deconstruction. The Border, The Ship seamlessly blends layers of activity in a reality-defying vision. It is a moving collage of sorts, showing various disjointed objects interacting in front of a white backdrop. Avoiding a single point of focus, Hubbard constructs his videos in layers where movement is multi-directional, time is non-linear, and narrative is convoluted.

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Takahashi Hiroaki

Japanese, 1871­–1945

Untitled (Landscape with Mountain), ca. 1900–1920

Woodblock on paper

15 x 17 inches

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Burlingame, FIA 1978.12

Japanese Prints

January 15, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Graphics Gallery

Description TBD. Guest Curator Sarah Lippert

This exhibition will explore Japanese prints from the FIA's permanent collection. Dr. Sarah Lippert associate professor of art history at the Univeristy of Michigan-Flint will be guest curating the exhibition.

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011

Glass beads sewn onto fabric

24 x 24 ⅜ inches

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

January 21, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Hodge Galleries

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ubuhle [Uh-Buk-lay] means “beauty” in the Xhosa [Ho-Sa] and Zulu languages, and it also describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance. By stretching textile (ndwango) like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. The artwork not only provides an emotional outlet for a community affected by HIV/AIDS and low employment, but allows a route for financial independence for these artists. 

Ubhule Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts and Artists 

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From the Exhibition

  • Tshengi Duma, Sthembile Majola, Nontanga Manguthsane, Nonhlakanipho Mndiyatha, Kalipha Ntobela, Ntombephi Ntobela, and Thembani Ntobela, The African Crucifixion, 2008. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 177 ½ x 275 ¾ x 16 inches

  • Zondlile Zondo, Flowers for the Gods, 2012. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 49 ⅝ x 20 ⅛ inches.

  • Bongiswa Ntobela, Funky Bull, 2006. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 51 ¼ x 59 ⅛ inches.

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

April 7, 2018 - October 7, 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