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 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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Flint Youth Film Festival

September 1, 2022 - September 30, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Media Project, the FIA will exhibit the award winners of the 2022 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.

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Harry Sternberg, American, 1904 - 2001. Enough!, 1947. Aquatint and etching on paper, 17 3/16 x 13 1/8 in., Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Gift of the Marvin Felheim Collection, 1983/1.222.

The Power of Print

June 18, 2022 - August 21, 2022

Graphics Gallery

In the early 20th century, between the two world wars, a group of artists in the United States used printmaking to shed light on the major issues that faced the country, such as staggering levels of unemployment, economic instability, and poverty. This group, including such names as Adolf Dehn, Blanche Grambs, Harry Gottlieb, Harry Sternberg, and William Gropper were known as Social Realist artists since they used art to not only express their point of view but also as an instrument to bring about social change. Printmaking was an influential tool as it was more affordable and accessible than other forms of art—both for artists to create and for people to purchase. The Power of Print will feature works from Social Realist artists that address the major concerns of the early 20th century, many of which are still relevant today, including working conditions, fascism, racism, and women’s roles.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, American, 1960 - 1988. Untitled (Self-Portrait), 1982-83. Oil on wood, 20 x 20 in. Courtesy of Rubell Museum 

Being Human: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Museum

May 14, 2022 - August 28, 2022

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

This exhibition explores the diverse world of contemporary art through the lens of the Rubell Museum’s collection. Art of the late 20th and early 21st centuries generally defy categorization and the “-isms” common in previous stylistic movements. However, the works selected from the Rubell Collection for this exhibition share the common theme of depicting the complexity of experiences that make us human.  Through painting, sculpture, and photography, these artworks ignite emotional responses to various issues, including gender, race, sexuality, embodiment, identity, love, life, and death. By contemplating the past, present, and future, artists interpret their own and others’ existence through a thought-provoking visual vocabulary that transcends the limits of language.

Not meant to be an exhaustive or universal picture of contemporary art, Being Human highlights some of the best works and artists from the Rubell Museum, located in Miami, Florida, some of which will be seen at the FIA for the first time. Nor is this exhibition meant to fully capture what it means to be human, but rather to show some of the ways artists have dealt with complex realities, pointing out willful or inadvertent blindness to what’s all around us. In an era of doubt, confusion, and disconnect, this exhibition presents unique perspectives, not necessarily providing answers, but offering the way art provokes contemplation, understanding, compassion, and introspection.

The Rubell Family Collection was established in 1964 in New York City, shortly after its founders Donald and Mera Rubell were married. It is now one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collections. In addition to displaying internationally established artists, they also actively acquire, exhibit, and champion emerging artists working at the forefront of contemporary art.

Organized by the Flint Institute of Arts and the Rubell Museum

Sponsored by

   Friends of Modern Art

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Cameron Gray, Swiss, b. 1980. Thinking Hurts Too Much, 2013. Video. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2013.63

Thinking Hurts Too Much

May 1, 2022 - May 31, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

Thinking Hurts Too Much is a slowly scrolling video that incorporates found and manipulated internet footage, creating a panoramic collage of gyrating, pulsing, and writhing characters to expose America’s—and the world’s—desire for the sensational. Cameron Gray pieces together thousands of pop culture images to offer a provocative and poignant depiction of excess and the constant urge to seek new and more extreme visual stimulation. 

The video is an immersive experience that is constantly changing, as your eyes move from one area to the next, dancing across a screen that never stops shifting. In doing so, Gray makes us aware of the passage of time as we witness the reactions of other viewers standing next to us—reminding us of the separation that results from unshared memory.

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Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Dutch, 1606 - 1669. The Rat Catcher, 1632. Etching on paper. 5 1/2 × 4 15/16 in. (14 × 12.5 cm). Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson 1970.15

Out of the Past: Printmaking 15th to 18th Century

April 16, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Graphics Gallery

European printmaking dates to the 1400s, when mills in Germany and Italy made paper more available for everything from playing cards to religious pamphlets. Artists in this early period employed relief printing, primarily woodcuts or wood engravings, but by the early 1500s the intaglio or engraving and etching process became the preferred method, giving artists freer rein to create highly detailed images.

The early 16th century through the 18th century saw the unlimited potential of the print medium, with these works spreading images of people and places across Europe that would have otherwise been unknown or unseen. Prints provided a way for artists to explore a variety of topics, including religion, landscape, satire, everyday life, or imaginary scenes. 

This exhibition highlights works from this intensely creative period, featuring works by Old Masters, including Dürer, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Piranesi, and Hogarth, demonstrating a variety of techniques and subjects.

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Gerhardt Knodel, American, born 1940 The Journey: Departure, n.d. Mixed textiles 132 x 84 inches. Courtesy of the artist Photo credit: P D Rearik.

Minglings: A Journey Across Time

April 9, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Harris - Burger Gallery

Minglings: A Journey Across Time explores a contemporary fiber artist’s engagement with the past. Inspired by a tapestry remnant from China’s Ming Dynasty (1368–1644), Gerhardt Knodel embarked on an exploration into the potential of how this fabric from another time and place could inform his present work. While portions of the tapestry were deteriorating, Knodel isolated 40 separate fragments that included images of butterflies, flowering branches, undulating lines, and a blue sky. Each small piece of finely woven silk became a new composition of abstracted, incomplete subjects that he could re-create.

Featuring a series of drawings, fiber artwork, and mixed-media objects, the exhibition will lead you on a journey between cultures, beginning in China and arriving at the artist’s studio in Pontiac, Michigan. These works will also show how beautiful objects migrate through time, carrying with them their cultural identity but also being reinterpreted in the context of the current pandemic. Minglings demonstrates how the past is never dead in the hands of the artist, offering the opportunity for rediscovery and reconsideration.

Knodel’s studio practice spans nearly 50 years, 37 of them invested as Artist- in-Residence, then director, and now Director Emeritus of Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited internationally and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the American Crafts Council 2018 Gold Medal and the Distinguished Educators Award from the James Renwick Alliance of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


Gerhardt Knodel gives a talk on his workshop and works.


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Asya Reznikov, American, born Russia, 1973. Mapping: 23 minutes, 23 tongues. Single channel, looped video. 23 minutes. Museum purchase, 2007.142

Mapping

April 1, 2022 - April 30, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

Asya Reznikov’s work explores how culture, tradition, language, and a sense of home shape and define our identity, as well as the ways immigration, emigration, and travel alter that identity. Mapping records Reznikov writing the names of the seven continents in 23 languages to form the world map. As a childhood political refugee, she is particularly aware of her cultural identity. The imagery is inspired by the myth of the Tower of Babel, personal experience, and data about contemporary language extinction. Reznikov’s use of languages is also an examination of the experience of both otherness and perception.

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Sam Jury, English, born 1969. All Things Being Equal, 2009. Single channel, looped video. 11 minutes, 58 seconds. Gift of Cynthia Griffin, 2016.3

All Things Being Equal

March 1, 2022 - March 31, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

All Things Being Equal is a looped video that explores the notion of suspended trauma. Through the visual tool of mass media, the artist shows how traumatic incidents from the past can repeat and replay, offering the viewer a shared experience. This video depicts the repetitive movements of a figure in confinement, beleaguered by water, an element both destructive and sustaining. Here the water moves almost as an independent agency, and the figure is neither suffocating nor surviving.

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Nicolas Provost, Belgian, born 1969. Suspension, 2007. 4:50 minutes. B&W and color, silent. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Suspension

February 1, 2022 - February 28, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

Letting go of realist constraints, this sequence of mirror-images dives into a cosmic ocean of ever-metamorphosing baroque circumvolutions in which our minds try to capture reassuring forms before letting the ghostly demons blur our vision. The work of Nicolas Provost walks the fine line between dualities, balancing fiction and fine arts, the grotesque and the moving, the beautiful and the cruel. His works provoke both recognition and alienation and succeed in pulling audience expectations into an unraveling game of mystery and abstraction. Time and form are manipulated, cinematographic and narrative language is analyzed, accents are shifted, and new stories are told. 

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Jerry Taliaferro, American, born 1953. Omar Batson, 2021. Digital print, 18 x 13 inches. 2021.89 

Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male

January 22, 2022 - April 16, 2022

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Listen to the audio tour of the Sons exhibition online

Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male features black-and-white and color photographs by Jerry Taliaferro of 49 men from the Flint community. This exhibition is much more than a photographic study, as it also aims to explore perceptions and biases. In Taliaferro’s words, “Recent events point to the urgent need for conversations about the contemporary Black American male. Any effort, however humble, to foster an understanding of this largely misunderstood and often marginalized segment of the American population is of utmost importance.” 

For his subjects, Taliaferro photographed men who were nominated by the community in early 2021. The resulting images are divided into two sections: first a black-and-white photograph of just their face, and then later in the exhibition a photograph in color, where the subjects were instructed to “be themselves.” Visitors will have the opportunity to reflect and reconcile their initial reactions to the portraits, after getting to know the men and their stories through text labels and QR codes that lead to interviews conducted by the artist. 

This exhibition marks both the return of Jerry Taliaferro to Flint and the fifth anniversary of Women of a New Tribe, a popular exhibition that featured 49 black-and-white photographs by Taliaferro of women from the Flint community. 

An accompanying exhibition catalogue is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.


Sponsored by

Community Foundation of Greater Flint logo

McCombs Family Flint Non-Endowed Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint


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Ed Watkins, American, born 1950. Preach Jennings, 2021. Mixed media drawing, 29 x 36 in.

Drawing from Life: Ed Watkins

January 15, 2022 - April 10, 2022

Graphics Gallery

For almost 40 years, Flint native Ed Watkins has taught visual arts and design, which emphasizes the importance of observational skills practiced in life drawing classes. For Watkins, however, “drawing from life” is not just a necessary technical skill but is how he defines his practice, using his personal observations and life experiences to guide what he creates. This exhibition includes drawing and mixed media artworks that are inspired by the artist’s African American experience, exemplifying moments of reflection, celebration, healing, and despair. According to Watkins, “While some Black artists desire to be referred to simply as an artist, I have always desired to make my Black experience the center of my practice as a fine artist.”

Ed Watkins received his Bachelor and Master in Education degrees from Bowling Green State University. Watkins is a retired adjunct instructor at Mott Community College, having taught classes in visual arts and design.

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Bill Viola, American, born 1951. Reverse Television–Portraits of Viewers (Compilation Tape), 1984. 15 minutes. Color, sound. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Reverse Television–Portraits of Viewers (Compilation Tape)

January 1, 2022 - January 31, 2022

Security Credit Union Gallery

Bill Viola inverts the position and gaze of the television viewer in a series of 44 portraits of individuals sitting at home in their living rooms, staring silently at the static camera as though it were a TV set. Produced specifically for broadcast television, the original one-minute segments of over 40 subjects from the Boston area were intended as unannounced inserts during the daily programming schedule. Viola essentially subverts the time and space of broadcast television, as the extended duration of these real-time portraits interrupts the spatial and temporal field of TV scheduling, like edits. Writes Viola, “Two classical poses emerge in this work­—the formal photographic portrait and the posture of the private television viewer at home. The work momentarily inverts the classical TV/viewer relationship, and television becomes a medium of reverse portraiture.”

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Japanese. Bronze Censer, late 19th–early, 20th century. Bronze, 20 3/4 × 11 3/4 in. Gift of Mrs. Guy Blackinton 1938.3

Restrained/Unrestrained

December 18, 2021 - July 17, 2022

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Featuring objects from around the globe, from ancient to contemporary, this exhibition explores the creative capacity of works made to enclose and hold materials in a wide variety of forms and styles. As these objects demonstrate, the need to design vessels for multiple purposes led to elaborate creations not only in function but visual appeal as well. These designs reflect the artistic expression of the culture and time period in which they were made, sometimes restrained in ornament with subtle details, and other times unrestrained with extravagant and ornate surface decoration. 

While these objects were once a part of daily life, from objects used in ceremonial settings to personal adornment, they have become artworks in their own right. A number of works in this exhibition push the boundaries of containment—acting to simultaneously hold its contents while allowing for a secondary element—like light or smoke—to permeate its walls. In more than 50 objects from the permanent collection, including never-before-seen works, the artistic possibilities of materials, such as clay, glass, and metal, as well as an array of highly skilled techniques, are revealed. 

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Joan Bankemper, American, born 1959. Pimlico, 2018. Manufactured and cast porcelain, 41 1/2 × 37 × 10 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment 2018.56

Steeped in Tradition

October 23, 2021 - March 20, 2022

Harris - Burger Gallery

After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world and it plays a profound role in many cultures. Over 2 billion cups are consumed per day worldwide. Because of this, teaware—objects related to the consumption of tea—has been a popular outlet for artistic expression. This exhibition includes contemporary teapots, tea bowls, cups and saucers and other tea-related objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Whether they are intended to be fully functional, ornamental, or somewhere in between, these artworks showcase the endless possibilities for creativity in teaware.

Teapots (along with other teaware in this exhibition) can hold clues to history, cultural and societal practices, identity, and self-expression. Many contemporary artists are drawn to them not only for their important place in the history of ceramics but also for the technical challenge. Making a teapot requires mastery of many techniques and is somewhat a rite of passage for many artists working in clay. Elements like the handle can be handbuilt, one of the oldest techniques for working with clay, while the body and spout could be produced on the potter’s wheel, all of which takes practice and skill. While some artists prefer to create functional teapots, others adapt the form with no intention of it ever being used.

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Neha Vedpathak, Indian, born 1982. Loop 2, 2021. Plucked Japanese handmade paper, acrylic paint, thread, acrylic polymer. 36 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist

Time (Constant, Suspended, Collapsed): Neha Vedpathak

October 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition features works by Detroit-based artist Neha Vedpathak. Using a push-pin, Vedpathak meticulously separated the fibers of hand-made Japanese paper, creating a dimensional lace-like fabric, which she then manipulates by painting, sewing, and collaging. 

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Frank Heath, American, born 1982. The Hollow Coin, 2016. 12:25 minutes. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

The Hollow Coin

October 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021

Security Credit Union Gallery

The Hollow Coin explores roles of authority in public space and the intersection of personal and historical narratives. The video combines documentary footage of New York City’s rapidly disappearing network of payphones with audio of a covertly recorded telephone exchange between an actor and an unknowing bystander. In the surreptitiously captured conversation, an attempted “information leak” is infused with an absurd story and a historical anecdote. The work’s title refers to a Soviet spy who was apprehended in 1953 after mistakenly paying his newspaper delivery boy with a hollow coin that contained a microfilm of an encrypted message. Throughout the video a parallel sequence of events reveals that images from the video itself have been stored on an SD card concealed within a hollow coin and inserted into the payphone from which the call was made.

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Yigal Ozeri, Israeli, born 1958. Untitled; Olya, 2015. Oil on canvas, 54 × 80 in. Collection of Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel

​Brush with Reality: Yigal Ozeri

September 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022

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.

Sponsored by

    Friends of Modern Art

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Takeshi Murata, American, born 1974. Melter 2, 2003. 3:50 minutes. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Melter 2

September 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021

Security Credit Union Gallery

Takeshi Murata creates digital works that refigure the experience of animation. His innovative practice and constantly evolving processes range from intricate computer-aided, hand-drawn animations to exacting manipulations of the flaws, defects, and broken code in digital video technology. Whether altering appropriated footage from cinema, or creating Rorschach-like fields of seething color, form, and motion, Murata produces astonishing visions that redefine the boundaries between abstraction and recognition. In Melter 2, Murata has used image-making software to create a fluid, ever-changing scene. Exploring formal tropes of melting, rippling, and bubbling, Murata’s abstract experiment in hypnotic perception is at once organic and digital.

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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

This exhibition presents graphite drawings and gouache paintings spanning 40 years of Bo Bartlett’s career (from 1976 to 2016). Bartlett is an American realist with a modernist vision, and his artwork celebrates both the commonplace and the extraordinary. According to Bartlett, “The purpose of art is to wake up—to wake up to the numinous now, to the great unfolding of the mysterious universe that we are one with.” These works reveal an intimate peek into a side of the artist’s life and oeuvre that is rarely seen by the public. The works in this exhibition, created as studies for his paintings, are an inside look into the artistic process—and are themselves individual works. 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, some revealing intimate scenes between two people and others singular portraits.

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