Allison Schulnik
American, b. 1978
 Eager, 2014 
Traditional clay-mation and stop-motion animated film
Duration: 8:30 minutes 
Courtesy of the artist and PPOW

Eager by Allison Schulnik

October 1, 2022 - October 31, 2022

Security Credit Union Media Arts Gallery

Eager uses clay and stop-motion photography to create a riotous fantasy world populated by a cast of human and non- human creatures united in a state of continuous transformation as they dance, slice each other open, and wear one another’s bodies. Using puppets, in-camera effects, and incorporating materials such as clay, wood, fabric, glue, paint, and wire, Allison Schulnik builds her stop motion clay-mation worlds alone and without any digital manipulation. For this work Schulnik commissioned close friend and composer Aaron M. Olson to create a three-part musical score. Schulnik then choreographed, animated, and edited the film around his song and worked with cinematographer Helder King Sun on cinematic lighting and technical wizardry. Schulink choreographs her characters in compositions that embody the spirit of macabre, where comedy, tragedy, beauty, love, and death fantastically merge in a celebration of life and otherness. Discussing her practice, Schulnik contends, “I like to blend earthly fact, blatant fiction to form a stage of tragedy, farce, and raw, ominous beauty – at times capturing otherworld buffoonery, and other times presenting a simple earthly dignified moment.”

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Image 1: Vladimira Klumpar, Czech, born 1954 After Rain, 2007 Cast glass 333/4 x 231/2 x 83/4 inches Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, L2017.67 Photo credit: Douglas Schaible Photography.

Image 2: Petr Hora, Czech, born 1949, Hadros, 2006, Cast and acid-polished glass, 18 3/4 × 15 1/2 × 4 3/4 in. (47.6 × 39.4 × 12.1 cm), Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation.

Image 3: Vladimir Bachorik, Czech, born 1963, Escallation, 2005, Cast glass, 23 1/2 × 13 1/2 × 4 in. (59.7 × 34.3 × 10.2 cm), Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation.

Breaking the Mold: European Cast Glass

October 29, 2022 - April 2, 2023

Harris - Burger Gallery

The process of glass casting has a long, complex history. Although this technique dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome, contemporary artists continue to push its boundaries and create innovative artworks. Unlike blown glass that is manipulated by hand while hot, cast glass is formed by using a mold. Once the glass is cooled and removed from the mold, artists can further manipulate the surface using coldworking techniques like grinding and polishing. This exhibition will consider the impact of contemporary European glass artists on the history of cast glass.

In the early 20th century several glass manufacturers were making a name for themselves across Europe. They hired artists and designers to create items for production, which in turn, fueled the need for more trained professionals. Schools like Železný Brod Glassworks in the Czech Republic began training the next generation of artists who broke away from manufacturing to focus on glassmaking (including cast glass) as fine art. Because of this, multiple generations of European studio glass artists have adopted the technique and used it to create artwork that emphasizes aesthetics as well as cultural, political, and spiritual themes.

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Karsten Creightney, American, born 1976. 12th & Resilience, 2019. Lithograph on paper 24 3/4 x 35 1/4 in. Museum purchase with funds raised from the Flint Print Club 2022.175

Expressions: Works on Paper by African American Artists

January 14, 2023 - April 2, 2023

Graphics Gallery

Artists frequently draw on their own experiences to create unique works of art, incorporating personal themes such as identity and memory, as well as aspects of the universal human experience. Through styles that range from narrative and figurative to conceptual and abstract, the artists in this exhibition have explored these themes in various ways, and include names such as Renée Stout, Karsten Creightney, Tyree Guyton, and Therman Statom.

Expressions presents a selection of works on paper by African American artists acquired by the Flint Institute of Arts over the last decade. Several of these artworks were created through traditional techniques such as drawing, woodcut, lithography, screen printing, and etching. While others have experimented with innovative materials and methods like vitreography and sculpturegraph. Despite their differences in method, all of these works can be seen as personal expressions of the artists who created them. 

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Image 1: Sheila Turner, American, 1961 - 2018, Raisin' the Dead, 1999, Gelatin silver print, 25 1/4 x 19 1/2 in., The Paul R, Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, PJ2012.1350.

Image 2: Hayward Oubre, American, 1916 - 2006, Self Portrait, 1948, Ink on paper, 26 1/2 x 20 3/4 in., The Paul R, Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama, PJ2008.0925.

Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama

January 29, 2023 - April 23, 2023

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who was described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.” Jones donated the 2,000-plus piece collection to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in 2008. The collection includes art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists, including Emma Amos, Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence, all of whom are represented in this exhibition. These selections display the breadth and depth of the collection, showcasing artists working in a variety of materials and styles from the 1930s to the present day.

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