Flint Youth Media Project

July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will exhibit several works by young, local filmmakers throughout July. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–25 and to 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, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters.

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Hans Alexander Mueller

American, b. Germany, 1888–1962

Self-Portrait, ca. 1950

Woodcut on paper

15 7/8 x 11 1/8 inches

Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, FIA 1985.25


Self-Expression: University of Michigan-Flint Student Organized Exhibition

May 13, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Graphics Gallery

When artists create self-portraits, they reveal more than just their likenesses. Self-portraits are often windows into artistic psyches, giving viewers a glimpse at how artists see themselves or wish to be seen. In a self-portrait, an artist materializes the abstract and internal on paper, deliberately choosing how to present themself. Self-portraits merge the artist’s objective physical likeness with a subjective and self-composed portrayal of their identity. Self-Expression is a selection of 20th-century self-portraits on paper drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, including woodcuts, lithographs, and etchings. The styles of self-presentation vary widely, featuring realistic to surreal portrayals, in serious to playful, and straightforward to complex approaches. Carefully constructed, and as individual as the artists who created them, these self-portraits explore intersections of self and artistic identity.

This exhibition is organized and curated by University of Michigan-Flint students enrolled in Dr. Sarah Lippert’s Museum Studies course. The students developed, researched, and curated the exhibition.

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From the Exhibition

  • Daniel Serra-Badue, Cuban, 1914–1996, Self-Portrait at Age 48, 1973. Lithograph on paper, 13 3/4 x 17 5/8 inches. Gift of Jack B. Pierson in memory of Robert Martin Purcell, FIA 1979.195


Auguste Rodin

French, 1840 – 1917

Large Hand of a Pianist, modeled 1885; Musée Rodin, cast 9 in 1969

Bronze

7 1/4 × 10 × 4 7/8 in. (18.4 ×25.4 × 12.4 cm)

Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Rodin: The Human Experience – Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

May 6, 2017 - July 30, 2017

Hodge Galleries

In commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the death of sculptor Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), the Flint Institute of Arts presents Rodin: The Human Experience/Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. At the peak of his career, Rodin was regarded as the greatest sculptor since Michelangelo. Leaving behind 19th-century academic traditions, Rodin focused on conveying the vitality of the human spirit. His vigorous modeling emphasized his personal response to the subject, and he captured movement and emotion by altering traditional poses and gestures. Rodin’s sculpture is often considered a crucial link between traditional and modern art.

Rodin: The Human Experience showcases over more than 45 bronze sculptures from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections, from small-scale to monumental works. Included are some of the artist’s best-known pieces, such as studies for his monuments to Balzac and The Burghers of Calais, works from The Gates of Hell, and portraits of well-known people, like writer Victor Hugo and artist Claude Lorraine.

Between 1945 and the early 1990s, B. Gerald Cantor (1916–1996) and his wife, Iris, created the world’s largest and most comprehensive private collection of works by Auguste Rodin. Over 500 objects from the Cantor Collection have been donated to the Cantor Foundation, as well as to more than 100 museums worldwide, including the FIA.

This exhibition has been organized and made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

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From the Exhibition

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Narcisse, modeled about 1882,enlarged and retitled 1890; Musée Rodin, cast 8/8 in 1985, Bronze, 32 × 13 × 12 1/4 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Three Faunesses, modeled before 1896; Musée Rodin, cast in 1959, cast number unknown, Bronze, 9 1/4 × 11 1/2 × 6 1/2 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Fallen Caryatid with Urn, modeled 1883, enlarged 1911-17; Musée Rodin, cast 4 in 1982, Bronze, 45 1/4 × 36 3/4 × 31 1/8 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Bust of Victor Hugo, modeled 1883; cast number and date unknown, Bronze, 17 × 10 1/4 × 10 3/4 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Hand of God, modeled 1898; cast number and date unknown, Bronze, 12 3/4 × 11 1/4 × 11 3/4 inches. Lent by Iris Cantor.

  • Auguste Rodin, French, 1840 – 1917, Large Clenched Left Hand, modeled 1884; Musée Rodin, cast 3 in 1966. Bronze, 18 1/4 × 10 3/8 × 7 5/8 inches. Lent by Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

Video courtesy of the artist and Mark Moore Fine Art

Mound

May 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

2011, Allison Schulnik, American b. 1978, 4:23 minutes

In Mound, Allison Schulnik creates an alternate world where over 100 hand-sculpted and sewn figures morph with fluid movements. Their bodies dance and sway in a melancholic fashion to the haunting 1969 recording of It’s Raining Today by Scott Walker. 

Schulnik uses traditional stop-motion techniques, shooting each image frame by frame, without the use of special effects or digital manipulation. Comprising over 6,000 frames, the film took nearly eight months to create. Schulnik received a BFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to art making, she has a background in dance and music. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Allison Schulnik, Artist

  • Still from Mound

Courtesy of the artist.

Madame Perfetti & the Tree

April 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Laetitia Hohenberg, American, b. 1962, 4:04 minutes

“Madame Perfetti is a person I visit. She has dementia. My piece is a replica of the space we both share. It is a suspended moment; an exquisite present lived at a glance, with no past or future.”    

    — Laetitia Hohenberg

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Image courtesy of the artist.

Civitas

March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Jacek Jerzy Kolasinski, Polish, 2004, 7:07 minutes, Museum purchase, FIA 2006.81

Jacek Jerzy Kolasinski’s installations are rooted in the experience of growing up in two worlds: the “Old World” of Krakow, Poland, and the “New World” of the United States. The search for identity in the vortex of cultural displacement surfaces often in his work. Civitas is a small-scale re-creation of a medieval town destroyed by fire. It serves as a parable describing the devaluation of various social institutions like religion and family. The dilapidated buildings are emblematic of urban decline. The projected images are captured, transmitted, and transformed by a small video camera situated in the center of the installation. This imagery gives the impression of an anonymous explorer documenting the ruins in the heart of an unnamed village devastated by some unknown disaster.

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Paul Peter Piech
American, 1920–1996
Star Wars Terrorism, 1985
Linocut on paper 
30 x 21 1/16 inches
Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, FIA 1986.12.2

Reaction: The Art of Social Commentary

February 4, 2017 - May 7, 2017

Graphics Gallery

In the 1930s, works on paper showing scenes of union organization, racial violence, fascism, and other political and social issues became more prevalent. Artists used the print medium as a tool of social commentary, creating the artistic and political movement called Social Realism. The Social Realism movement often used art as a tool to expose the struggle of the working class.

Although some of the issues have changed, artists still create imagery that expresses their opinion and comments on social, political, and economic subjects. Some have faced intense criticism for their art while others have been commended for their courage. This exhibition examines works by Social Realist artists such as Hugo Gellert, George Grosz, and Ben Shahn, as well as contemporary social activist artists such as Sue Coe, Andy Warhol, Rupert Garcia, and David Wojnarowicz. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Isac Friedlander, American, b. Latvia, 1890–1968, Lest We Forget, 1942, Etching on paper, 12 5/8 x 17 1/4 inches. Gift of Mrs. Gilda Friedlander in memory of her husband, 1984.6.1

  • Rupert Garcia, American, b. 1941, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, 1989, Silkscreen on paper, 30 x 22 1/8 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, FIA 1991.18

  • Fritz Scholder, American, 1937–2005, American Indian #4, 1972, Lithograph on paper, 30 1/8 x 22 1/16 inches. Museum purchase, 1974.29 

Images copyright of the artists.

Papillon d’amour

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Nicholas Provost, Belgian, 2003, 4 minutes

By subjecting fragments from Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon to a mirror effect, Provost creates an imaginative scene of a woman’s reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. This physical audio-visual experience produces skewed reflections upon love, its lyrical monstrosities, and a wounded act of disappearance.

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Jerry Taliaferro
American, b. 1953
Audrey E. Dismond, 2016
Digital print
43 x 30 1/2 inches 
© Jerry Taliaferro

Women of a New Tribe

January 22, 2017 - April 15, 2017

Hodge Galleries

Women of a New Tribe features black-and-white photographic portraits of women from Flint’s African American community by artist Jerry Taliaferro. For more than a decade, Taliaferro has traveled across the country photographing women from all walks and stages of life. His primary motivation is “to celebrate unheralded women who have, until recently, been largely ignored and underappreciated. It is an attempt to see in a new light and, in a new way, an incredible group of women.”

Women featured in this exhibition include: Deanetris Armstrong, TaShanda Arthur, Kendra Batson, Kenya Batson, Sandra Branch, Semaj Brown, Precious Buckner, Derenda Collins, Audrey Dismond, Kenyetta Dotson, Janice Harden, Remonia Hawkins, Larfayette Hayes, Thressa Horton, Valorie Horton, Kathy Jackson, Mildred James, Bernadel Jefferson, Kayla Latham, Erica Leverette-Traoré, E. Yvonne Lewis, Velynda Makhene, Felicia Martin, Patricia Miller, Sheila Miller-Graham, Candice Mushatt, Sharri Newman, Okola Senika Nigina Afi Nicholson, Gail Buckner Odom, ZsaZsa Orr, Lula Pea, Claudia Perkins-Milton, Lorene Randall, Brenda Rogers-Grays, Gwendolyn Sanders, Kathryn Kacey Seay, Mary Shufford, Sharon Simeon, Alverma Denise Smith-Sanders, Edith Prunty Spencer, Theresa Stephens-Lock, Vlenaetha Stewart, Phyllis Sykes, Ernelle Taylor, Natasha Thomas-Jackson, Marcia Watkins, Brenda Williams, Lynn Williams and Essence Wilson.

A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition and is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

These images are for marketing purposes only. Final images are featured in the exhibition.

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From the Exhibition

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Dr. Sharon A. Simeon, 2016, Digital print, 41 x 31 inches. © Jerry Taliaferro

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Natasha Thomas-Jackson, 2016. Digital file © Jerry Taliaferro

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Semaj Brown, 2016, Digital print, 40 7/8 x 31 7/8 inches. © Jerry Taliaferro

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Edith Punty Spencer, 2016. Digital file © Jerry Taliaferro

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Theresa A. Stephens-Lock, 2016. Digital file © Jerry Taliaferro

  • Jerry Taliaferro, American, b. 1953, Candice C. Mushatt, 2016. Digital file © Jerry Taliaferro

Images copyright of the artists, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vbd.org

Nebula

January 1, 2017 - January 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Suzie Silver and Hilary Harp, American, 2007, 9:45 minutes 

Nebula is a hallucinogenically immersive spectacle: a complex, long-form audiovisual composition, which pays playful homage to science fiction fantasies. Captured using stop-motion photography, objects made of glass, glitter and tulle, are nestled within a kaleidoscope of computer-generated imagery. By creating illusions of distant galaxies out of craft materials they highlight the imagination’s power to transform the banal into the infinite. 

Images copyright of the artists, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vbd.org


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Thure de Thulstrup
American, b. Sweden, 1848–1930
The Strike at East St. Louis - Firing Into the Crowd, 1886
Engraving on paper
16 x 19 21 7/8 inches
Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1990.69

Work on Paper

December 3, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Graphics Gallery

The subject of work has inspired artists across the United States. Work on Paper features 19th- and mid-20th-century artists’ drawings and prints depicting the men and women who worked to build the infrastructure and industry of America. Some artists, for commercial or aesthetic reasons, idealized the subject of work, showing laborers in contented harmony with their environments. Others cast a more realistic and critical eye on work and its difficult aspects—in both the factory and in the countryside—often reflecting their own liberal and leftist beliefs.

The artworks in this exhibition range from the late 19th century to the late 20th, but the majority were made in the 1930s and 1940s, the turbulent time in American labor history during and following the Great Depression. Several artists benefitted from federal art programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which commissioned artists to create public art. They frequently turned to printmaking as a way to produce multiple copies of their artwork that would be accessible and affordable to the masses. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Andrea Kantrowitz, American, b. 1959, Picket Line, Watsonville Canning, 2/2/87 12:00 p.m., 1987, Silkscreen on paper, 14 1/2 x 18 1/16 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1991.20.1

  • Basil Hawkins, American, 1903–1982, Shop Workers, Linocut on paper, 6 1/8 x 8 7/8 inches. Gift of Madeline Anthony, 2000.130

  • Winslow Homer, American, 1836–1910, Bell-Time (from Harper’s Weekly, Saturday, July 25, 1868), 1868, Engraving on newsprint paper, 10 15/16 x 16 1/8 inches. Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1994.11

Images copyright of the artists, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vbd.org


Mad Ladders

December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Michael Robinson, American, 2015, 10:00 Minutes

In Mad Ladders, the prophetic ramblings of an unseen narrator recount fantastical dreams of the coming Rapture, as crystalline imagery of rolling clouds gives way to heavily-processed video of moving stage sets from The American Music Awards telecasts of the 1980s and early 1990s. Blooming and pulsing in and out of geometric abstraction, this swirling storm of rising curtains, spinning set pieces, and unveiled pop idols forms a surreal spectacle, driven by its impassioned narrator. Like a half-remembered dream of mythology, television, and religion, the film strikes a hypnotic balance between storytelling and free-falling.

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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

November 19, 2016 - July 30, 2017

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 over 70 objects from Mesoamerican cultures, dating back as early as 1800 BCE, and from China dating from 3,200 BCE.

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From the Exhibition

  • Maya culture, Central America, Mosaic Mask, ca. 600–900. Jade with shell, obsidian, 3 x 3 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches. Gift of Barry Fitzmorris, FIA 2011.219

  • Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12, Chinese, Chime: Dragon in Clouds, 1765, Jadeite, 26 7/8 x 29 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches. Gift of Mrs. Fredrick B. Miner, FIA 1968.13

  • Chinese, Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12, Palette, 19th century. Jadeite, 3 3/4 x 6 x 15/16 inches. Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.83

Images copyright of the artists, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vbd.org

2001 Colours Andy Never Thought Of

November 1, 2016 - November 30, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

George Barber, b. Guyana, English, 2015, 5:43 minutes

2001 Colours Andy Never Thought Of transforms Warhol’s infamous screen prints of Marilyn Monroe through a process of color manipulation. The viewer witnesses a flurry of changing tones, colors, and shades that pulse alongside entrancing music. George Barber was a leading figure in the Scratch Video phenomenon of the 1980s, which exploited newly available video-editing technologies and their potential for rhythmic-editing and moving-image collage. 

Images copyright of the artists, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vbd.org


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Gift of Cynthia Griffin, 2016.3

All Things Being Equal

October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Sam Jury, English, 2009, 11:58 min.

Throughout her career, British artist Sam Jury has focused her attention on the psychological impact of film and how ubiquity shapes our understanding of self and society. All Things Being Equal is a looped video that explores the notion of suspended trauma; the idea that dramatic and traumatic incidents from the past are continually repeated and replayed, no longer just as personal memories but also vicariously through the ever-expanding shared experience of mass media depiction. In both, the document is detached from its original time and place. It perpetually hangs in the conscience, seemingly without conclusion. All Things Being Equal depicts the repetitive movements of a figure in confinement, beleaguered by water: an element that is 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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Edgar Hilaire Germain Degas
French, 1834–1917
Danseuse á la barre (Dancer at the Bar), ca. 1885 
Charcoal and pastel on paper
19 3/8 x 22 inches (sheet) 
9 x 12 1/4 inches (image) 
Gift of The Whiting Foundation in memory of Alice D. Johnson, 1988.1


Drawn to the Figure

September 24, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Graphics Gallery

Drawn to the Figure features drawings that explore how human bodies hold powerful potential for artistic expression. Utilizing live models, photographs, memory, or the imagination each artist in this exhibition represents the human form in their own unique manner. Some seek to perfectly replicate the proportions, musculature, and fine details, while others treat the depiction of the human form more abstractly. 

During the Renaissance, drawing became the foundation for the academic principles of art. Before artists learned to paint, they learned to draw. Since then, countless subjects have been rendered in graphite, chalk, and pastel but none has been more prominent than the human body. Because drawing the figure was a requisite skill, artists carefully studied the structure of the human body, at first from cast-plaster statuary and eventually live models. A figure drawing may be created in preparation for a more finished work such as a painting or it may be the final artwork in and of itself. A naturalistic approach to drawing the human figure prevailed until the late 19th century when many artists, liberated from past traditions, began to experiment with abstraction by choosing to exaggerate or distort proportions emphasizing the pose or mood of the models.

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi 
Italian, 1720–1778 
Title Plate from The Carceri, 1761 
Etching on paper 
22 1/4 x 16 3/16 inches 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Davis

Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking

September 17, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Hodge Galleries Henry Gallery

Don’t miss your opportunity to see Pressed for Time: The History of Printmaking. This exhibition is a survey of relief, intaglio, planographic, and stencil—the four major processes of printmaking in the Western world from the 15th century to the 21st. These prints highlight what artists have made possible within the remarkable diversity and ingenuity of this medium. Included in the exhibition are works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, James Abbot McNeill Whistler, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Mary Cassatt, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, and Shepard Fairey.

This exhibition is drawn primarily from the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts with additional loans from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and private collectors. The FIA has been collecting prints since 1930 and continues to actively pursue both historical and contemporary works of art. Of the 8,000 objects in the permanent collection, more than 3,000 are prints. 

If you are interested in starting your own print collection, you will not want to miss the 2016 Flint Print Fair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Flint Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

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From the Exhibition

  • Francisco Goya, Spanish, 1746–1828, Modo de Volar (A Way to Fly), no. 13 from Los Disparates (The Follies), ca. 1812–20, Etching and aquatint, 8 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches. Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Director’s Fund Purchase, 1968/9.28.13

  • Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923–1997, Sweet Dreams, Baby!, 1966, Silkscreen on paper, 37 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches. Museum purchase, 1966.6

  • Jenny Morgan, American, b. 1982, True Blue, 2015, Silkscreen on paper, 27 x 24 inches. Gift of the artist and Driscoll Babcock, New York, 2015.58

  • Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471–1528, Christ Before Caiaphas, 1512, engraving on paper, 4 5/8 x 2 15/16 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Jill Ford Murray Irrevocable Trust in memory of her parents, Carlotta Espy Ford and George Ross Ford, Jr., and her grandparents, Grace Miller Ford and George Ross Ford, 2013.62

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901, Partie de campagne (Country Outing), 1897, lithograph on paper
    14 5/16 x 19 1/16 inches. Gift of the Whiting Foundation through Mr. Donald E. Johnson, 1979.202

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Eskasizer - Jennifer, Sally, Hillary & Gabri

September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

chameckilerner (Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, Brazil), 2014, 4:22 min.

Who does not remember the 1950’s Eskasizer belt machine, one of the first electric machines that promised to firm our bodies? In Eskasizer- Jennifer, Sally, Hillary and Gabri, choreographers and video artists Andrea Lerner and Rosane Chamecki present four women, each with a different body shape, age, and background. They move in repetitive, and yet, unpredictable ways, reflecting the constant force of the machine that manipulates their bodies.

The work is a collection of extreme slow-motion takes, in which the camera is zoomed in to the point that the women’s identity gradually blurs into abstraction. Their bodies are not acting on their own impulses and desires. Instead, they are passive­—with their hips, knees, and legs yielding to the external forces. The belt vibrates each body, morphing it into a mesmerizing landscape of moving flesh, the movement organic despite its source.

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Flint Youth Media Project

August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will be exhibiting a number of works by young, local filmmakers throughout the month of August. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–25 and college students regardless of age. In addition to a series of free filmmaking workshops, the program has provided opportunities for participants to share their work with peers, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters.

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Joseph Raffael
American, b. 1933
New Cycle, 2009–10
Watercolor on paper
73 1/2 x 89 x inches
Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

Moving Toward the Light

June 18, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Graphics Gallery

Known for his monumental paintings celebrating flora and fauna, Joseph Raffael’s work in Moving toward the Light takes the viewer deeper and deeper into the mysteries of nature. Raffael captures the wonders that surround him at his home and garden in France, transforming what he sees into a heightened vision in watercolor. His large-scale works typically depict flowers, water, and fish swimming in ornamental ponds but Raffael asserts, “I don’t paint flowers; I paint energy.”

Growing up in Brooklyn, he helped his mother with the fruits, vegetables, and flowers in her garden, where he came to regard the changing of seasons as a form of magic: “Seeing blossoms come alive is the same as watching a painting come forth out of the white space of a page or a canvas. The garden is another example of how one begins with nothing but seeds and the brown-colored space of the earth from which, little by little, the garden emerges.” In Moving Toward the Light, Raffael’s watercolors invite the viewer into moments of discovery, though a contemplation of nature and harmony.

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From the Exhibition

  • Joseph Raffael, American, b. 1933, Crescendo, 2013, Watercolor on paper, 53 1/2 x 75 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

  • Joseph Raffael, American, b. 1933, Inauguration, 2009, Watercolor on paper, 60 x 87 inches. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

  • Joseph Raffael, American, b. 1933, Orchids Dream, 2013, watercolor on paper, 55 x 78 inches. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY