Isabelle de Borchgrave, Belgian, born 1946. Mantua, 2011. Mixed media, acrylic, ink, metallic powder and adhesive on paper. 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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Jeremy Ross and Drew Kups. Untitled, 2018. Flameworked borosilicate glass, silver, and gold. 6 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photography by Jeff Dimarco 

From the Flame: Juried Flamework Exhibition

June 29, 2019 - October 6, 2019

Harris - Burger Gallery

From the Flame is a juried exhibition that includes artwork by established and emerging artists from across the country. Selections were made based on technique, design, concept, originality, and craftsmanship. Out of 69 submissions, the jury selected 32 fascinating objects. Judges will award monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, place and visitors will have the opportunity to cast their votes for a People’s Choice award.

From goblets and pipes to sculpture and jewelry, From the Flame considers the various ways contemporary artists are exploring and expanding a centuries-old approach to glassmaking. Flamework (also known as lampworking and torchworking) is a traditional technique where a torch or lamp is used directly to melt glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. Flamework first flourished in Italy in the fourteenth century and then spread throughout Europe and to the rest of the world. It is currently experiencing a renaissance as artists push boundaries, creating increasingly complex objects with a variety of tools and a range of techniques.  

Participating Artists:
Jennifer Caldwell
Jason Chakravarty
Jonathan Davis
Bandhu Dunham
Eunsuh Choi
Shane Fero
Alexandra Fresch
Eric Goldschmidt 
Mike Mason
Eusheen Goines
Jeff Heath 
Danielle Hook 
Jeremy Ross
Drew Kups
Angela McHale
Robert Mickelsen
Janis Miltenberger
Maria Missaoui 
Kari Russell-Pool
Mike Shelbo
Kimberly Thomas
Elliott Todd
Carlos Valdovinos
Marc VandenBerg
James Vernor
Seth Auger   
Jeri Warhaftig
Zac Weinberg

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Phillip Haas, American, born 1954. Four Seasons (After Arcimboldo), 2010–2011. Painted and pigmented fiberglass. 180 x 159 x 118 1/2C Inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Philip Haas: The Four Seasons

July 6, 2019 - November 17, 2019

Hurand Sculpture Courtyard

Philip Haas, a contemporary artist and filmmaker, has created four monumental portrait busts entitled The Four Seasons. Haas’s fifteen-foot-tall sculptures are three-dimensional interpretations of the Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s (1526–1593) portrait series of the same name. As in Arcimboldo’s paintings, the physical features of the four sculpted figures are rendered in botanical forms appropriate to each season. This exhibition acknowledges nature’s rhythmic cycles and also, as sculptural portraits of people, they represent the human aging process from youth to old age. Haas’s sculptures are meticulously detailed celebrating the human figure and wonders of nature in surprising new ways.

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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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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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