Wangechi Mutu, American, born Kenya, born 1972. Second Born, 2013. 24 kt gold, collagraph, relief, digital printing, collage, and hand coloring on paper. 36 x 43 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2015.65

Cut & Paste: The Art of Collage

July 20, 2019 - October 13, 2019

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition highlights works on paper that feature some element of collage—whether used as the primary medium, or as part of a “mixed media” approach, including other printing or artistic techniques. The word collage is used both to describe a type of artwork and the technique used to create it. Objects, such as photographs, magazine and newspaper cuttings, and other pieces of paper, are glued onto a surface, in combination with painted or printed passages. In fact, the word “collage” is from the Old French word coller meaning “to glue.” The technique of collage was embraced by artists in the early 20th century, after it had long been a favored pastime of children and amateurs (making scrapbooks, for example). The artists in Cut & Paste, including Romare Bearden, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Wangechi Mutu, bring the art of collage into the late 20th and early 21st centuries, adapting and using it to fit their individual artistic expressions.

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 Sarah Meyohas, French-American, b. 1991. Generated Petals Interpolation, 2018. Installation at the Wasserman Projects, Detroit

Generated Petals Interpolation

August 1, 2019 - September 30, 2019

Media Arts Gallery

Using the former Bell Labs complex in New Jersey as her setting, Sarah Meyohas executed her latest performance, Cloud of Petals. Sixteen workers photographed 100,000 individual rose petals, compiling a digital database of their findings. Using the information gathered, the artist developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that generated new, unique petals. Generated Petals Interpolation is the result of this project. The installation features unique and continuously morphing digital flower petals that undulate on the screen.

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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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Robert Riggs, American, 1896–1970. Limestone Kilns, Wyandotte Chemical Company, Michigan, ca. 1947–48. Tempera on panel. 21 3/4 x 26 1/2 inches. Museum purchase with funds from an anonymous donor in honor of Barbara and the late Bruce Mackey, 2011.322

Industry

October 5, 2019 - December 30, 2019

Henry Gallery

This exhibition demonstrates the fascination artists have had in depicting aspects of industry in the United States. Since the early 19th century, American artists have taken as their subject the buildings or factories in which raw materials were processed to manufacture goods. Some artists portrayed these buildings in an optimistic and idealized way as symbols of prosperity, while others show factories in a more critical light, reflecting on factories’ dehumanization and environmental impact.

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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

Community

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 the case of a museum, the community is not just about people living in the same place, but people coming to the same place and practicing the common ownership of their museum collection. In this spirit, the exhibition Community celebrates works by African American artists in the Flint Institute of Arts collection. 

Unique to this exhibition, there will also be an opportunity for visitors to vote for one of three works by artists not currently in the collection (to be revealed at the Community Gala exhibition opening on Saturday, January 25). 

Voting will take place through March 8th. The work with the largest number of votes will be purchased by the museum using funds raised by the Community Gala. This voting process and purchase reinforces both the idea that the works in the FIA belong to the community, as well as underling the collection’s capacity for change and future growth. 

The exhibition will feature 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. Artists include: Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Renee Stout, Kara Walker, Yvonne Wells, among many others.

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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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