Alexis Rockman, American, born 1962. Forces of Change, 2017. Oil and acrylic on wood panel, 72 × 144 in. (182.9 × 365.8 cm). Collection of Jonathan O'Hara Gallery

Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle

July 11, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

This multi-faceted exhibition by New York-based artist Alexis Rockman examines 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 work by the artist based on his travel, interviews, and extensive research in the Great Lakes Region. The Great Lakes­—Erie, Huron, Ontario, Michigan, and Superior­—hold 20% of the world’s fresh water and form an interconnected, complex system that provides drinking water for more than 60 million people and habitation for more than 3,500 species of plants, mammals, birds, amphibians, and fish. Meanwhile, the lakes are impacted by massive threats to their preservation, including climate change, globalization, mass agriculture, and urban sprawl. 

Rockman’s research in the region has yielded his most ambitious body of work to date, anchored by panoramic paintings exploring themes he uncovered during his Great Lakes expeditions to eight states and provinces in the U.S. and Canada. The paintings capture the physical and ecological transformation of the lakes through time, beginning with the Pleistocene Era, moving through the centuries to present-day concerns and looking forward to imagine the future.

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. Eden, 2012. C-print mounted on glass. 60 1/4 × 68 7/8 in. (153 × 175 cm). Courtesy of the artist.

Beauty and Pain: Photographs by Nathalia Edenmont

July 11, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Henry Gallery

Nathalia Edenmont explores the themes of fruitfulness and loss, as well as beauty and pain, through her large-scale photographs of women and nature. The Swedish-Ukrainian artist draws on her life experience, using the camera as a tool to create a unique vision of the world. Her photographs feature carefully staged elements focused on a solitary, usually female, figure against a solid color background. At first, the works appear simply to be beautifully orchestrated creations; however, upon further contemplation, these photographs reveal deeper meanings. 

In her Stockholm studio, Edenmont works with a team of eight to 12 people over ten to 12 hours to compose a single “shot.” Using a large-format Sinar camera with 8 x 10 film and many lenses, she has two camera assistants—both professional photographers—a hair stylist, and a dressmaker. It is Edenmont herself behind the camera, communicating, talking with the model, and waiting for the perfect instant to capture the model’s soul on film.

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Flint Youth Film Festival

August 1, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Media Arts Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Media Project, the FIA will exhibit the award winners of the 2020 Flint Youth Film Festival. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–30 and college students regardless of age. In addition to a series of free filmmaking workshops, the program provides opportunities for participants to share their work with peers, professional filmmakers, screenwriters, and the public.

All of this years entries can be viewed on the Flint Youth Film Festivals YouTube channel from July 1-18.

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Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12. Pair of Cranes, late 19th century. Jadeite, 14 1/4 inches high, each. Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.193.1-.2

Art of Jade

August 15, 2020 - May 23, 2021

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Since the Neolithic period, jade has been valued for its rarity as well as its beauty. Varying from pure white to dark black, deep green to vibrant red, the color of jade has endless aesthetic possibilities. The artworks in Art of Jade were made through patiently grinding and drilling for days, months, and even years. Little by little, the objects transformed from solid masses into works of art.

Because of the stone’s beauty, strength, and rarity, jade artworks have become symbols of social identity, hierarchy, status, wealth and power in both Chinese and Mesoamerican cultures. This exhibition features objects from Mesoamerican cultures, dating back as early as 1800 BCE, and from China dating from 3,200 BCE.

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Barry Andersen, American, born 1945. Grindavik 2, Iceland, 2016. Archival inkjet print, 12 x 18 inches. Gift of the artist, 2018.189

Field of Vision

October 17, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Graphics Gallery

Since the medium was invented in the mid-19th century, photography has been employed to try to reproduce the grandeur of nature. Anyone who has used a camera or cell phone to capture a scenic moment knows that it is not easy because of the limitations of equipment or the inherent challenges of being outdoors. Photographers who specialize in nature photography must consider such factors as time of day, lighting, place, and weather in order to mimic the experience of being there in person. From the arid climate of Death Valley, California, to the lush green peat of Ireland, this exhibition will feature highlights of nature photography from the FIA collection.

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Lauren Kelley, American, born 1975. Pickin’, 2007. Color-coupler print. Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

January 31, 2021 - April 18, 2021

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising, and other forms of popular culture such as music and the Internet. Throughout the Western history of art and image making, the relationship between beauty and art has become increasingly complex within contemporary art and popular culture. The exhibition challenges contemporary understanding of beauty by framing notions of aesthetics, race, class, and gender within art, popular cultures, and politics.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture is curated by Deborah Willis and organized by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions, Pasadena, California.

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Robert Arrington, American, born 1950. Self-Portrait, 1985. Etching and silkscreen on paper. 12 13/16 x 9 15/16 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1986.3

Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity

April 17, 2021 - July 11, 2021

Graphics Gallery

Featuring selections from the Jack B. Pierson Print Collection of 856 works on paper by 404 artists from around the globe, Political and Personal: Images of Gay Identity draws on Pierson’s experience as a gay man and sheds light on the important role sexual identity played in informing his collecting habits. The exhibition highlights several well-known and lesser-known gay artists, as well as the works of heterosexual artists, contextualized through their homoerotic subject matter (informed by classical mythology and an admiration for male athleticism) or the supportive content of their political messages.

Through emphasis on public identity and activism, dissecting historic complexities of the gay male gaze, and considering the pensive and private moments of gay love and attraction, this exhibition captures the multi-dimensional nature of gay identity in the 20th century.

Support provided by

IFPDA Foundation

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Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Kendall, 2016. Oil on canvas, 36 x 54 inches. Collection of the Artist, NY.

​Brush with Reality: Yigal Ozeri

May 8, 2021 - August 29, 2021

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Based in New York City, Yigal Ozeri is an Israeli artist best known for his meticulously crafted large-scale images of women in lush landscapes. These works have the appearance of photographs, but they are actually paintings. In varying degrees, painters have been using the camera or photograph to inform their work since the medium was invented in the mid-19th century. Typically the use of the camera was disguised or alluded to only in stylistic terms. In the late 1960s, however, artists in California and New York began to deliberately reference the photograph in their works by making the paintings look exactly like a photograph, re-creating sharp precise details, alongside fuzzy, out-of-focus elements. This movement in art was called Photorealism. 

In the 21st century, Yigal Ozeri is taking Photorealism in new directions. In his choice of subject matter, he employs intricate, realistic brushwork to create a narrative that blurs the lines between what is real and fantasy. He uses the medium of digital photography and processes the image on a computer until he arrives at the desired image, which he then carefully creates on canvas using a brush and paint. Brush with Reality offers highlights from the last decade of Ozeri’s works, from his first depiction of Priscilla in the jungles of Costa Rica in 2007 to his latest series that captures people on the streets of New York City. Ozeri has shown his work around the world, with several solo exhibitions in Europe, Mexico, and China.

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Bo Bartlett, American, born 1955. Serena Sleeping, 2014. Graphite on paper. Framed: 23 x 26 1/2 in. (58.4 x 67.3 cm). The Collection of Bo Bartlett and Betsy Eby

Bo Bartlett: Forty Years of Drawing

July 17, 2021 - October 3, 2021

Graphics Gallery

Bo Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision. His artwork can be classified within the tradition of American realism, celebrating both the commonplace and the extraordinary. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Bartlett pushes the boundaries of the realist tradition with his multilayered images. Family and friends are the cast of characters that appear in his dreamlike works. This exhibition presents drawings from forty years of the artist's career (from 1976 to 2016).

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