Colette Calascione, American, born 1971. Ode to a Cockatiel, 2018. Oil on canvas. 24 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

Art of Collecting

November 24, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Hodge Gallery

The Art of Collecting, organized by the FIA, is an exhibition of paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures on consignment, selected based on comparisons of price and quality, from galleries in New York, Chicago, and Detroit. All the artworks are available for purchase. Each object represents an 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 $200 for prints by emerging artists to more than $200,000 for works by master artists. 

Exhibition sponsored by 

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Vanessa German

Vanessa German: Miracles And Glory Abound

January 27, 2019 - April 20, 2019

Hodge Gallery

Vanessa German is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is founder of Love Front Porch and ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. German’s work, which she terms “power figures,” is rooted in spirituality and ritual, most notably the central African tradition of nkisi nkondi or minkisi figures, characterized by protrusions of nails, signifying awakening and healing. Drawing on her experience living in Homewood, the historic African American neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, German sees herself as a citizen artist and activist and creates her work in response to the ricochet of systemic, institutionalized racism, violence, and brutality facing her community.

In the exhibition Miracles And Glory Abound, German explores the power of stories. How do tales that pass down from generation to generation change with each retelling? How do the alterations of truth affect our understanding of history and shape current ideologies? 

When the story of George Washington leading Continental army soldiers across the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 is told most Americans think of the painting of a heroic Washington standing in a small, crowded boat thrusting forward through icy water. The large painting by Emanuel Leutze (in the Met in New York City) has been reproduced in history books, adorned classroom walls, and has illustrated the story of that fateful winter night for over 150 years. Despite its iconic status, Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) contains many visual fabrications, mythologizing rather than portraying an accurate retelling of the historical incident. 

Miracles And Glory Abound is drawn from both the visual and emotional concept of the iconic painting. Using her own power-figures to imitate Leutze’s composition, Vanessa German creates a conversation about public memory and the rewriting of history through the lens of privilege. The exhibition explores the complicated and nuanced history of the United States and how that history relates to our current suffering in the echoes of violence, hate, and, materialism.

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Lega Peoples, Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Lega Four Face Figure, 19th–mid 20th century. Wood, patina. 11 3/4 inches. Collection of Dr. Robert Horn

Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection

January 27, 2019 - May 26, 2019

Hodge Gallery

This exhibition will feature African artworks from the Dr. Robert Horn collection. Dr. Horn began collecting African art more than 50 years ago and has works from more than 60 African cultures, primarily from the countries in Western and Central Africa. This collection includes masks and small to medium-sized figures made of wood, bone, metals, clay, and beads, representing various spiritual, social, and ceremonial messages. From ritual to status-related objects, Engaging African Art will demonstrate the rich diversity of African visual expressions and cultures.

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(left) Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881 - 1973. Nature morte (Still Life), n.d. Woodcut on paper. 18 1/4 × 15 in. (46.4 × 38.1 cm). Museum purchase 1962.27

(center) Roy F. Lichtenstein, American, 1923 - 1997. Sandwich and Soda, 1964. Silkscreen on clear mylar. 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm). Image: 19 1/16 × 23 in. (48.4 × 58.4 cm). Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation 1985.54.6

(right) Marc Chagall, French, born Russia, 1887 - 1985. Nature morte brune (Brown Still Life), n.d. Lithograph on paper. 9 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (24.1 × 18.4 cm). Gift of the family of Carroll W. Driggett 2001.13

Still Modern

April 20, 2019 - July 14, 2019

Graphics Gallery

Still life artworks depict inanimate objects, such as fruit, flowers, and vessels. This genre of art has been employed by artists since ancient times, but the subject gained popularity in the late 16th century in the Netherlands through Dutch painters. The subject matter has continued to fascinate artists throughout the twentieth century, with modern artists adapting new ways and methods of depicting the traditional genre. This exhibition will feature works on paper (prints, photographs, and watercolors) from the 20th to 21st century that depict still lifes in a modern way, showing that artists have continually reinvented the subject for their generation.

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Isabelle de Borchgrave, Belgian, born 1946. Mantua, 2011. Mixed media. 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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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, 1850-1950

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. 

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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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