Jacob Lawrence 
American, 1917 - 2000
The Legend of John Brown, 1977
Serigraph on paper
13 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Davis, 1978.34.13
©2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Jacob Lawrence: The Legend of John Brown

January 23, 2016 - March 26, 2016

Graphics Gallery

Jacob Lawrence's series consists of 22 silkscreen prints that illustrate the events leading up to John Brown's notorious raid on a U.S. Military arsenal in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Abolitionist John Brown belonged to a devout family with extreme antislavery views. He ardently believed that the oppression of slavery could be ended by an armed slave rebellion. He therefore planned to break into the arsenal and steal enough weaponry to equip hundreds of slaves. He and his followers were overpowered by federal troops, and Brown was later arrested, convicted, and sentenced to death.

Jacob Lawrence first heard the story of John Brown as a child at the YMCA African American history club. He remembered the story being told in a very "dramatic way," which later shaped his own retelling of the story. The bold colors and crisp lines of these silkscreens reinforce the intensity of the heroic character of the famous abolitionist.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan 

The Healing Polyopticon | Opulent Surveillance

January 1, 2016 - February 29, 2016

The Healing Polyopticon
Tim Tate, American, b.1960, 2014 

Opulent Surveillance 
Tim Tate, American, b.1960, 2015 

Two large video installations by artist Tim Tate will be featured in January and February. Tate blends traditional craft with new media technology to give the framework for his artistic narrative. Revelation—and in some cases self-revelation—is the underlying theme of his art. To help deal with a terminal diagnosis, Tate imagined that there were portals from above, each connected to a loved one who would watch over him and keep him safe. He sees The Healing Polyopticonas a physical representation of this healing manifestation. In Opulent Surveillance, Tate explores how video cameras have transformed the way individuals interact with one another and their environment. This work explores how the boundaries between public safety and privacy intrusion shift constantly and that the concern over mass and private surveillance is normal.

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Video courtesy of the artist.


December 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015

Paul Bush, United Kingdom, 1998, 15:00 min. 

A ship sets sail on an epic voyage through malignant natural and supernatural elements from which one man alone survives. An adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner illustrated by 19th Century wood engravings which are animated by scratching directly into the surface of color filmstock. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with its message of ecological redemption has a curiously contemporary resonance, but it is at the level of the mythic that the poem has lasting relevance; for this epic tale of extraordinary events simply mirrors the struggle that each human being faces on their own in his or her life.

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Giovanni Domenico Ferretti
Italian, 1692–1768
Aurora and the Hours of Sunrise, ca. 1730s
Oil on canvas
11.25 x 17.75 inches
Courtesy of Robert Simon Fine Art, New York

Art of Collecting

November 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Hodge Galleries

Don't miss the final days of The Art of Collecting where you can see over 100 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures on consignment from galleries in New York, Chicago, and Detroit. From contemporary glass to 16th-century paintings, art from all around the world is on view and available for purchase. Each work in the exhibition has been chosen for its quality and significance. The Art of Collecting offers seasoned, as well as novice, collectors the opportunity to purchase high quality artwork with confidence. Prices range from as low as $300 for prints by emerging artists to more than $100,000 for works by master artists.

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Jaune "Quick-To-See" Smith
Native American, b. 1940
A Chart of the Human Body, 2005 
Woodcut and lithograph on paper
26.5 x 20.25 inches
Museum purchase, 2010.223

Collecting Prints

November 21, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Graphics Gallery

Don't miss the final days of The Art of Collecting where you can see over 100 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures on consignment from galleries in New York, Chicago, and Detroit. From contemporary glass to 16th-century paintings, art from all around the world is on view and available for purchase. Each work in the exhibition has been chosen for its quality and significance. The Art of Collecting offers seasoned, as well as novice, collectors the opportunity to purchase high quality artwork with confidence. Prices range from as low as $300 for prints by emerging artists to more than $100,000 for works by master artists.

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Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org.

Brilliant Noise

November 1, 2015 - November 30, 2015

Semiconductor United Kingdom/United States, 2006, 5:57 min. 

As the video collaborative Semiconductor, English artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt have collected satellite images of the sun from hundreds of thousands of computer files, then reorganized them to create time-lapse sequences. The raw formatted images reveal the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. The soundtrack highlights hidden forces at play upon the solar surface.

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Artist Unknown
Fullstock High Art Wheelock Pistol, ca. 1680
Wood, steel, ivory, and mother of pearl
16.4375 x 4.8125 x 1.875 inches 
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. George H. Greidinger, 1976.19

Decorative to Dangerous: The Art of Metalwork

October 3, 2015 - April 3, 2016

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Since the Bronze Age, metal has been used for both utilitarian and decorative purposes. This exhibition explores how craftsmen transformed various metals, from precious to commonplace, into fantastic works of art. From large metal doors to a small silver yo-yo, Decorative to Dangerous showcases a variety of metal objects that illustrate the gamut of metalworking techniques and reveals the artistic development of the medium throughout history.

Graphics Gallery is sponsored by the Founders Society.

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I Want to See How You See is part of The Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image Series. 

I Want to See How You See

October 1, 2015 - October 30, 2015

Pipilotti Rist, Swiss, b. 1962, 2003, 4:48 minutes 

Pipilotti Rist explores the macrocosm of humanity where a poetic tale of a witch's coven is played over images of a person where each body part symbolically represents an area of the world. Her lush videos playfully and provocatively merge fantasy and reality to explore pop culture's investment in desire.

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John Baeder
American, b. 1938
Red Robin

lithograph on paper, 1980
15 1/2 x 25 5/8 inches
Gift of Eugene I. Schuster, 1997.44


September 12, 2015 - November 15, 2015

Graphics Gallery

Developed in the 1960s and aligned with Pop Art, Photorealism features ordinary elements of contemporary life such as vehicles, buildings, streets, and consumer products in an objective, almost clinical manner. Artists like Richard Estes, Audrey Flack, and Tom Blackwell use photography as a tool to help them reproduce the image as realistically as possible on paper or canvas. By considering the detailed focus, saturated colors, and highly reflective surfaces of photographic imagery these artists question the differences between reality and artificiality.

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Eugene Atget
French 1857 - 1927
Bassin de la Villette, ca. 1900
albumen print
6 x 8 inches
Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg
© Eugene Atget Estate

French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray

September 12, 2015 - November 8, 2015

Hodge Galleries Henry Gallery

Don't miss the final week of French Twist where you can see early 20th-century photographs by artists like Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Man Ray. Rapid technological, cultural, and political developments of the early 20th century plunged Europe into a period of intense artistic creativity. Ambitious young photographers from around the world flocked to Paris, where they documented the old ways of life and pushed photographic boundaries to question the reality of the image. 

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulation Exhibitions.

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Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org.

The Dark, Krystle

September 1, 2015 - September 30, 2015

Michael Robinson, American, b. 1981, 2013, 9:34 minutes

A montage of Linda Evans and Joan Collins from the 1980s evening soap opera Dynasty, this video rekindles issues of identity, consumption, and excess in 1980s pop culture. Robinson reconfigures the rival's melodrama in repetition—theatrical breakdowns, nasty glares, excessive drinking—allowing viewers to feel the clichés recharge with new emotional power.

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Courtesy of the Artist and On Stellar Rays, New York.

The Bible

August 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

Tommy Hartung, American, b. 1979. 2014. (48 minutes)

THE BIBLE is an animated sci-fi docudrama narrative about the Old Testament. The video investigates Tommy Hartung's experiences with evangelicalism and draws parallels between the Bible and contemporary events. Throughout the video references to Big Brother, war crimes, and American ideals represent the fall of humanity. Hartung is influenced by experiments in moving images. His scenes are hand-constructed and later spliced with found footage.

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Edvard Munch
Norwegian, 1863–1944 
Vampyr II (Vampire II), 1895–1902
Lithograph with woodcut printed in color on fine white oriental paper
16 7/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Courtesy of John Szoke Editions, New York, MUNC00002

Edvard Munch

July 5, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Graphics Gallery

Edvard Munch (1863–1944), most well known for The Scream, created visual expressions of anxiety, loss, love, jealousy, and death. Following his introduction to printmaking in 1894, the graphic media became an essential component of his oeuvre. With the capacity to produce multiple works from a single plate, stone, or woodblock, printmaking offered Munch the opportunity to replicate compositions and experiment with imagery. He often referred to his pictures as his children and missed them after they sold, but with printmaking he could create at least one identical image for himself. Comprising 20 works on paper, this exhibition includes lithographs, woodblocks, etchings, drawings, and drypoints by the Norwegian artist.

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Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

EAI 40th Anniversary Intro

July 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015

Takeshi Murata and sound by Robert Beatty, American, 2011. (1:04 minutes)

Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) commis-sioned artist Takeshi Murata to create a special introductory piece for EAI's 40th anniversary programming, which took place throughout 2011. Murata is known for producing videos that blur the boundaries between abstraction and recognition. In this video, Murata created an homage to 40 years of experimentation by video artists—it is a dialogue between the analog past and the digital now. 

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Hermann David Salomon Corrodi
Italian, 1844 –1905
Campfire by the River: Kiosk of Trajan at Philae, n.d.
oil on canvas
40 x 25 3/4 inches
The Dahesh Museum Collection,

Beauty, Passion, and Bliss: 19th-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art

May 17, 2015 - August 16, 2015

Hodge Galleries Henry Gallery

In the 19th century, Paris was the art capital of the world and home of the French Academy, which oversaw the premier art school—the École des Beaux-Arts (School of Fine Arts). The Academy also ran the official exhibitions (Salons) where artists showed their works. Following the Academy's path would give hopeful artists (from all over Europe and America) the right of entry to a world of fame, honors, awards, public and private commissions, and an opportunity to become a member of an elite circle that exerted all-powerful influence over the fine arts in France. The Academy stood for well-established traditions, such as an emphasis on draftsmanship and the importance of historical subject matter, which was challenged in the late 19th century by artists such as the Impressionists.

Beauty, Passion, and Bliss spans the 19th century with major examples of works dealing with classical mythology, biblical subjects, landscape and animals, genre (everyday subjects), and Orientalism. The exhibition features 50 works by artists such as Jean-Léon Gérôme, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Frederic, Lord Leighton, and Jean-Jacques Pradier.

Drawn from the collection of the Dahesh Museum of Art, the exhibition examines the Academy and the making of art in the 19th-century. A full color catalogue titled Academic Splendor: 101 Masterpieces from the Dahesh Museum of Art accompanies the exhibition. The Dahesh Museum of Art (located in New York City) is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting and exhibiting European academic art of the 19th century. Organized by the Dahesh Museum of Art and the Flint Institute of Arts.

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Courtesy of the Artist and Nancy Hoffman Galleries, New York.

Packing Pieces

May 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015

Asya Reznikov, American, b. Russia, b. 1973. Packing Art History, 2011. My Vanity, 2012. Packing for Delivery (Boy), 2015

Three video art installations by Russian born artist Asya Reznikov will be featured in May and June. Reznikov deals with themes of otherness in her art. Having moved to the United States with her family at a young age, Reznikov continually grapples with topics of immigration, emigration, travel, and cultural differences. The three works on view are part of what Reznikov calls her Packing Pieces—featuring a vanity, a box, and luggage all being packed for different reasons. Reznikov's multi-media works are an intersection of video, performance, sculpture, and installation art.

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Walter Inglis Anderson
American, 1903 – 1965
Horn Island-Fall, n.d.
watercolor on paper
8 ½ x 11 inches 
Collection of Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Purchase. 1967.034. Copyright © Estate of Walter Anderson.

The Islander: Walter Anderson Watercolors

April 11, 2015 - June 28, 2015

Graphics Gallery

In 1947, with their permission, Walter Anderson left his wife and children and embarked on a private and solitary life, returning home infrequently. The artist spent much of his time on the uninhabited Horn Island, 16 miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. Anderson would reach the island by rowing out in a one-person rowboat—bringing only the bare necessities and his art supplies.

The works in this exhibition are from Anderson's time on Horn Island, where, through his unique vision, he depicted the flora and fauna with his ink and watercolors. Birds, snakes, frogs, and crabs were rendered in bright, shimmering colors, making them appear often in motion. The works on view are on loan from the Mississippi Museum of Art collection.

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Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org


April 1, 2015 - April 30, 2015

Belgian, 2003, by Nicolas Provost, 7 min.

In Bataille, fragments from the Akira Kurosawa's 1951 film Rashomon are subject to a mirror effect. The term rashomon refers to situations in which multiple eye-witnesses give conflicting testimonies. Bataillerecounts the story of a woman being raped and a man being murdered from various rashomon perspectives. The mirror effect turns each character on themself, reiterating that the rashomon can be self-serving and people see only what they want to see.

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Nicolas Platon
French, 1888- 1968
enameled glass
12 1/2 x 12 inches
Collection of Ed & Karen Ogul

Style Moderne: French Art Deco Enameled Glass from the Ed & Karen Ogul Collection

March 21, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

The Art Deco style was focused on modernity and the industrialization of post-World War I Europe. During this time, glass became one of the most versatile and stylish materials. It was blown, molded, cast, cut, carved, sand blasted, engraved, acid etched, and in the case of this collection, enameled. From the collection of Ed and Karen Ogul, each object in this exhibition is wholly unique yet designed in a manner that fits seamlessly with the romantic appeal of the Art Deco style.

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Image copyright of the artist, courtesy of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University 

Angel Soldier

March 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015

Korean, 2011, by Lee Yongbaek, 23 min..

Angel Soldier is an illusive video that often tricks the eye. At first glance the image on screen filled to the edges with bright, blossoming flowers, appears to be completely still. A closer look, however, reveals a soldier slowly creeping through the scene in complete silence, camouflaged by the multi-colored flowers. The veiled soldier stands as a metaphor for identity and existentialism amid the artifice of contemporary society.

Collection of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, MSU purchase, funded by the Emma Grace Holmes Endowment, 2013.6

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