Qing Dynasty, 1644–1911/12


Brush Washer: Zhi-Long Dragon, 18th century

Porcelain with celadon glaze

2 1/2 x 4 1/4 diameter 

Gift of F. Karel Wiest, 1982.328

Clay Through Time: Ancient to Contemporary Ceramics

April 23, 2016 - October 30, 2016

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Ceramic art is one of the oldest human activities, shedding light on the cultures where it was made and revealing technological and artistic achievements. Whether molded into a simple bowl or transformed into an ornate figure, clay is one of the basic artistic materials used in nearly all regions of the world. After the discovery that fire could transform soft, malleable clay into hard, durable objects, the art of ceramics was born.

Ceramics are one of the most technically challenging forms of art. The modeling methods are vast, the glazes are complex, and the firing processes are precise. Unlike a painting where forms develop with each brushstroke, the outcome of ceramic art is not immediate. It is only at the end, after the firing is compete, when the final result is revealed.

The FIA has a diverse collection of nearly 900 ceramic objects that include everything from Chinese Neolithic vessels to works by contemporary artists.Clay Through Time will feature about 50 objects and explores the many styles and functions of ceramic art, as well as various forming, glazing, and firing techniques.

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After J. M. W. Turner
English, 1775–1851
Engraved by James Tilbitts Willmore
English, 1800–1863
The Fighting Temerare
Steel engraving on paper 
10 3/4 x 14 7/8 inches 
Gift of Mrs. Fenton Davison, 1972.57.19

The Engraver and Mr. Turner

April 2, 2016 - June 12, 2016

Graphics Gallery

During the 19th century, when most people could not embark on a costly trip overseas to see original paintings and sculpture, one way to experience the artist's vision was to look at reproductive prints. These engravings, printed in black and white and on a smaller scale than the original work, were still recognized as being representative of the artist's work, even if never touched by the artist himself. In the case of English artist J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), many of his paintings were in England (Tate Gallery, London), where they still remain today. While the printed versions do not take the place of seeing the original paintings and watercolors, the works in The Engraver and Mr. Turner demonstrate the creative and inventive enterprise of the engraver, who had to not only reproduce Turner's infamous painting style in precise lines, but had to do it in reverse.

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Courtesy of the artist and Carl Solway Gallery

Bellmer Burlesque

April 1, 2016 - April 30, 2016

Rachel Rampleman, American, b.1975, 2013, 4:02 minutes

Common in many of Rachel Rampleman's videos, Bellmer Burlesque exhibits repetitive motion that borders on the hypnotic. This video pays tribute to Hans Bellmer's 1936 book La Poupée (The Doll), that featured photographs of a life-size female doll made out of modular, jointed body parts, arranged in a variety of contorted postures. The photographs often featured limbless torsos, conjoined bodies, and severed heads. Rampleman was "a bit shocked but utterly intrigued, kind of simultaneously slightly offended and totally bemused" when she discovered Bellmer's surreal figures. Years later, while experimenting with footage of a pair of burlesque dancers, she discovered a technique that allowed her to bisect and mirror their lower bodies. The result is an animated, re-imagination of Bellmer's dolls. 

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Courtesy of the artist and Carl Solway Gallery

Busby Berkeley 2.0

March 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016

Rachel Rampleman, American, b.1975, 2014, 2:05 minutes 

Rachel Rampleman's Busby Berkeley 2.0 is a kaleidoscope of abstract movements that morph a dance routine arranged by early 20th-century director and choreographer Busby Berkeley into a study of geometric shapes. Berkeley's elaborate productions included dozens of dancing women and innovative camera techniques that revolutionized the genre of the musical in Depression-era America. Rampleman, drawn to the synchronization of a dance from the 1934 musical Dames, pairs the original, upbeat soundtrack with a machine-like hum that transforms the nostalgic routine into something more contemporary and industrial. 

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Mary Maxtion
American, born 1924
Active Boligee, Greene County, Alabama
Everybody Quilt, ca. 1991 
Cotton, cotton/ polyester blend, polyester, wool, rayon 
84 x 87 inches (213.36 cm x 220.98 cm)
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama,Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase 2004.21.9

From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

January 24, 2016 - April 10, 2016

Hodge Gallery Henry Gallery

For generations, quilt making has occupied a central place in American life, especially in the rural South. Quilts were integral to survival in drafty houses and often the only colorful or decorative furnishing in otherwise plain living space. For many African American women, quilt making was both an art form and a community event that simultaneously strengthened bonds between generations and shaped individual identities.

This exhibition showcases the work of 20th-century African American quilt artists from Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The quilts were made between 1945 and 2006 and represent major themes in traditional and unconventional design. The exhibition includes examples of pieced quilts, appliqué, as well as the improvisational techniques and alternative materials that are common practices for contemporary quilt makers. Accompanying this exhibition is the catalogue Just How I Picture it in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

This exhibition is organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

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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 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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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 Gallery 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 Gallery 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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