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The Way Things Go

August 1, 2014 - September 30, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

U.S., 1987, by Peter Fischli & David Weiss, 30 min.

In a warehouse, artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss build a structure made out of common household items. Then, with fire, water, gravity, and chemistry, they create a self-destructing performance of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos.

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Artist Unknown
African, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo, Kasai Occidental
Chokwe Mask, early 20th century 
wood, fiber, and metal
13 x 9 inches 
Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2002.48

Cutting it Close: The Art of Carving

July 26, 2014 - February 22, 2015

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

Cutting It Close explores the art of carving from prehistoric times to present day. This ancient art form is one that has spread cross-culturally and spanned across time. While many cultures use similar media in carving, the end results are drastically different. Explore this exhibition on carving and get a glimpse into a multitude of societies including our own. Art on view ranges from stone and wood to more precious materials including ivory, jade, and emerald. From the ancient Maya and Egyptians through several Chinese dynasties to African tribes still thriving today, this exhibition explores carving from around the world. Objects vary from those of utility including, weaponry, cutlery, and writing tools to sculptures created for aesthetic or spiritual purposes.

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Video and image courtesy of Suzan Pitt: home.earthlink.net/~suzanpitt/

Visitation

July 1, 2014 - July 31, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

U.S., 2011, by Suzan Pitt, 9 min.

The animated film Visitation unwinds through a dark landscape of unending life and death. Steeped in an inner dream life, the film explores a black-and-white landscape of Gothic figures who enact evolving metaphysical dramas.

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Video and image courtesy of the Artist

Space Invader (Johannesburg Taxi Rank)

June 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Zimbabwe, 2009, by Dan Halter, 3:04 min.

Mesh bags, synonymous with refugees from around the world, make their way across the Johannesburg taxi rank in the shape of a space invader character.

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William Hogarth
British, 1697–1764 
Viscount with His Paramour Consulting an Empiric (from Marriage à la Mode)
engraving on paper, ca. 1743–45
18 ½ x 24 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Mott, 1964.27

Fantasy, Fiction, and Fact in Popular Illustration: 1750–1900

May 3, 2014 - August 3, 2014

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition will explore the emergence of satire as a printed medium of art in 18th- and 19th-century Britain. Depictions of British life in caricatures and prints illuminate social concerns and sentiments of the period. Artists William Hogarth, George Cruikshank, and Frederick Barnard will be featured, offering a rare occasion to see their work together, despite the fact that their topics, style, media, nationality, and chronology situate them in close proximity to each other. This exhibition's guest curator is Dr. Sarah Lippert, who is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Michigan-Flint. An accompanying catalogue of the works will be available.

Graphics Gallery is sponsored by 


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Justus Sustermans
Flemish, 1597–1681
Maria Maddalena of Austria (Wife of Duke Cosimo II de Medici) with Her Son, the Future Ferdinand II, 1622
oil on canvas
56 5/8 x 46 9/16 inches 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, 1965.15

About Face: Portraiture through Time

May 3, 2014 - July 20, 2014

Hodge Galleries

From staring eyes to a mysterious smile, the faces in portrait paintings are not simply a likeness but have a story to tell. Portraits can denote status, power, and wealth and can convey important cultural information.About Face: Portraiture Through Time will examine key aspects of portraiture's rich history, from the early 17th century to present day, and investigate how this art form has evolved but in many ways retained its key features.

From formal images of the powerful elite to playful depictions of children, the works in this exhibition portray people from all walks of life and demonstrates that the face of portraiture is ever changing. Though sometimes a lucrative subject for artists, not all portraits were commissioned but instead were intimate portrayals of artists' friends, family members, or muses.

About Face will also feature FIA favorites such as Justus Sustermans' Maria Maddalena of Austria (Wife of Duke Cosimo II de Medici) with Her Son, the Future Ferdinand II (1622), and John Singer Sargent'sGarden Study of the Vickers Children (1884), along with other works rarely on view. The exhibition will also include new acquisitions on display for the very first time.

Organized by the Flint Institute of Arts

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From the Exhibition

  • John Singer Sargent, American, b. Italy, 1856 – 1925, Garden Study of the Vickers Children, oil on canvas, 1884, 54 1/2 x 36 inches. Gift of the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust via Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, 1972.47

  • David Eichenberg, American, b. 1972, Aimee, oil on panel, 2011, 7 x 6 1/4 inches. Museum purchase, 2013.3

Kathleen Gilje
American, b. 1945
The Text Message after Pieter Pourbus's Portrait of a Married Lady of Bruges and Images from Keith Haring
oil on panel, 2013
19 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Kathleen Gilje: Portraits of Paintings

May 3, 2014 - July 20, 2014

Hodge Galleries

While studying art restoration at the Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Italy, Kathleen Gilje became intimately familiar with the works of Old Masters and discovered her own passion for painting in a similar style. Combining her new love of painting and her restoration training, Gilje created her own brand of art, which she calls her "restorations." 

At first glance, the works appear familiar, as Gilje recreates masterworks such as Bronzino's 16th-century Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time and Bouguereau's 19th-century The Assault, but a closer look at each work will reveal a surprising twist. For example, Gilje has taken 19th-century portraits of mainly upper-class females by John Singer Sargent, stripped them of their clothing and ambiance and transformed them into individuals, important because of who they are and not what family they came from or to whom they are married. According to scholar Linda Nochlin, "The subtle and not-so-subtle alterations Gilje wreaks on the time-honored icons of Western painting make us think and see differently. These new incarnations of old masterpieces, 'contemporary restorations,' as Gilje calls them, seem to reveal the hidden implications of the works themselves, implications that, for the most part, only a present-day feminist would be privy to."

Gilje's reworking of familiar and famous paintings makes her artwork appear as a portrait of the original paintings she draws from. The exhibition, comprising of over 30 works, is divided into four sections that follow themes popular in the artist's milieu: Feminism & Self-Portraits, Old Master Paintings, Art Critics & Artists, and Sargent's Women. 

This exhibition is sponsored by


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From the Exhibition

  • Kathleen Gilje, American, b. 1945, Allegory of Venus, Restored (Sigmund Freud), 1997, oil on panel, 58 1/2 x 46 3/8 inches. Private collection

  • Kathleen Gilje, American, b. 1945, Basquiat as Velazquez's Portrait of Juan De Pareja, 2011, oil on linen, 32 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches. Collection of the Artist

  • Kathleen Gilje, American, b. 1945, Self-Portrait Decapitating a Rooster as Artemisia Gentileschi's Judith and Holofernes, 2012, oil on linen, 79 1/2 x 65 1/4 inches. Collection of the Artist

  • Kathleen Gilje, American, b. 1945, Self Portrait with Paintbrush after Bouguereau's The Assault, 2012, oil on linen, 61 1/4 x 41 1/2 inches. Collection of the Artist

  • Kathleen Gilje, American, b. 1945, Ginevra Da Benci, Restored, 1999, oil on panel, 15 7/8 x 15 inches. Courtesy of Peggy & Dick Danzinger

Image courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road

May 1, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

U.S., 2013, by Purdy Eaton, 2:49 min.

Condensed into an hour and a half, this video, its title taken from a quote in Jack Kerouac's book, On the Road, explores the diverse American landscape through a cross country road trip from New York City to the sunny beaches of California. Meet artist Purdy Eaton at the Members Preview on Friday, May 2.

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Revolution

April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

German & American, 1993–2003, by Dara Friedman, 9:20 min.

Dara Friedman is best known for her film and video installations that show real people in everyday situations, mainly in urban or public spaces. She often distills, shortens, reverses, loops, or otherwise alters familiar sights. In Revolution, an average man is seen walking down the street but is flipped upside down.

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I Think I'm in Something

March 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

American, 2012, by Gerry Fialka & Clifford Novey, 8 min.

Gerry Fialka and Clifford Novey's Pixelvision short merges beautiful dancers, psychedelic guitar, and jazz to the randomness of tube clown movements. The fluid movements of the inflatable man are inspiration for others to join in. Together they sway and move in flowing harmony. Author Beverly Gray describes the video as "Mesmerizing to experience."

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Kehinde Wiley
American, b.1977
Mrs. Joseph Barrell (Hannah Fitch)
oil on canvas, 2006
26 x 22 inches 
Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry 
Credit: Mrs. Joseph Barrell (Hannah Fitch) © Kehinde Wiley Studio

Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection

January 26, 2014 - April 13, 2014

Hodge Galleries Henry Gallery

Don't miss this opportunity to see the latest contemporary art by African American artists. Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection includes 50 works by 36 African American artists and three artists from the African Diaspora. This exhibition features some of the biggest names in contemporary African American art including Chakaia Booker, Michael Ray Charles, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rashid Johnson, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker. The artists in this collection work on the cutting edge with a variety of media—including painting, photography, collage, sculpture, prints, and video, placing an emphasis on today's issues. 

Former NBA player Elliot Perry and his wife, Kimberly Perry, began collecting African American art in 1996. Initially collecting works from the mid- to late 20th-century, their collecting focus shifted after they were introduced to contemporary art. Part owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, Perry has said that his passion for collecting art now rivals his love for basketball.

The FIA has partnered with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in bringing this rich collection to Michigan. While the contemporary works are on view in Flint, works from the mid to late 20th century are on view in Detroit. Collaboratively, the museums have put together a catalogue featuring all of the works on view at both museums and FIA members receive free admission to the exhibition at the Charles H. Wright Museum—stop by the front desk for your pass.

For related programming, please see the Fleckenstein Video Gallery listing here

Exhibition sponsored by

community foundationFrederick and Gloria Van Duyne Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Anonymous Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint


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From the Exhibition

  • Nina Chanel Abney, American, b. 1982, Variation of a Love Supreme, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 77 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist

  • Radcliffe Bailey, American, b. 1968
    Tricky, 2006, mixed media, 58 1/2 x 53 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry

  • Jeff Sonhouse, American, b. 1968, TOUGHER THAN TWO MOTHERF%$÷&eRS, 2007, mixed media and steel wool on board, 36 x 32 x 4 1/2 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist

  • Hank Willis Thomas, American, b. 1976, Basketball and Chain, 2007, lambda print, 60 x 40 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

  • Wardell Milan, American, b. 1978, 'My mothers flower's grow tall. They grow as tall as she wants.', 2006, digital c-print
    40 x 50 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry

Lavarne Ross
American, b. 1941
A Grandma's Love
pastel on paper
19 9/16 x 25 5/8 inches
Collection of Lavarne Ross

Lavarne Ross Works on Paper

January 18, 2014 - April 27, 2014

Graphics Gallery

This exhibition features works on paper by Flint native Lavarne Ross. After selling his first piece of art at the young age of 12, Ross knew that he would spend his entire life doing what he loved—making art. Ross feels it's best to "paint what you know," and his art features familiar landscapes and people from the city of Flint. Historic memories are prominent in Ross' art from the electric trolleys that used to run through the city, to the former S. S. Kresge store downtown, and even the old Buick plant that is now just a field. Lavarne Ross: Works on Paper features 19 works of art including pencil, chalk, acrylic, and watercolor.

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From the Exhibition

  • Lavarne Ross, American, b. 1941, Dr. J, n.d., pencil on paper, 14 x 11 inches. Collection of Lavarne Ross

  • Lavarne Ross, American, b. 1941, The Secret Place, watercolor on paper, 25 9/16 x 29 5/8 inches. Collection of Lavarne Ross

  • Lavarne Ross, American, b. 1941, Road Warriors, acrylic on board, 24 15/16 x 31 7/8 inches. Collection of Lavarne Ross

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Big Gurl

January 1, 2014 - February 28, 2014

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

American, 2006, by Lauren Kelley, 27:40 min.

Part of the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection, Big Gurl by Lauren Kelley is a stop-action animated depiction of issues surrounding femininity and race. Kelley's film uses Barbie dolls with varying skin tones—sans the blonde-haired blue-eyed archetype—and embellishes a cast of African American dolls with add-on lips, noses, hips, and thighs, all fashioned in clay.

"doll testing" of the 1940s, where the psychological effects of blonde dolls on African American children were recorded, Kelley has created her own poignant, oftentimes humorous, but realistic world for her dolls. The animation has elaborate scenes and narratives set in several settings, including a health clinic, an office, a fast food restaurant, and the characters' homes.

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Beitbridge Moonwalk

December 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Zimbabwean, 2010, by Dan Halter, 3 min.

A work inspired by the account of an immigrant who succeeded in illegally crossing the Zimbabwe border into South Africa—without being detected by the police or leaving any incriminating traces—by walking backward over the bridge between the two countries. The reference to the dance created by pop star Michael Jackson only adds to the ironic tone of Dan Halter's sociopolitical cultural criticism.

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Beatrice Wood
American, 1893–1998
Self Portrait, 1932
watercolor and pencil on paper
9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches 
Museum purchase, 2011.330

Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada

November 16, 2013 - January 12, 2014

Graphics Gallery

Beatrice Wood created a complex, thoughtful, and inexhaustible oeuvre, working in a variety of media. Dubbed the "Mama of Dada," because of her involvement with the Dada art movement in New York City during the early 20th century, this exhibition features some of her works on paper from the FIA's permanent collection in conjunction with pieces from the collection of Dada expert Francis Naumann.

Sponsored by


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From the Exhibition

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, A Press Conference of Twenty-Five Men Took Place, n.d., pencil, color pencil, 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.398

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Explaining Where He Was the Night Before, 1977, watercolor and pencil, 9 7/16 x 12 5/8 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.354

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, I Eat Only Soy Bean Products, 1933, pencil, color pencil, 12 1/16 x 9 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.370

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Theodore Spicer-Simson, pencil, 1925, 10 7/8 x 8 7/16 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.365

  • Beatrice Wood, American, 1893–1998, Untitled, n.d., watercolor and ink, 7 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches. Collection of the Flint Institute of Arts, Gift of Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, LLC, 2011.349

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Release

November 1, 2013 - November 30, 2013

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Germany, 1996, by Christoph Girardet, 9:30 min.

In Release, a few seconds of terror from the original 1933 King Kong are extended out over nine and a half minutes. Restrained by her arms, the computer-syncopated actress Fay Wray huffs, puffs, writhes, barks like a terrified dog, fades into exhaustion, wakes up to let out the famous screeching scream, and starts up all over again. A strange, rhythmic sound like buzzing hornets at high volume accompanies this bizarre ballet, which never once shows the giant gorilla.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
French, 1864–1901
Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret, 1893
lithograph on paper
50 1/8 x 39 inches
© Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

Toulouse-Lautrec & His World

October 12, 2013 - December 30, 2013

Hodge Galleries

Be sure not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see 150 works on paper by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec rarely seen outside of Europe. This exhibition features one-of-a-kind drawings and posters. Tracing his art throughout the Paris social scene, dance halls, café concerts, brothels, theatres, and the famous Moulin Rouge, capturing the essence of Lautrec's Parisian characters and haunts. This traveling exhibition is on loan from the collection of the Heraklaidon Museum in Athens, Greece, with the FIA being the only Midwestern venue.


From the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece
www.herakleidon-art.gr/en

This exhibition is sponsored by 

    Whiting Foundation


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From the Exhibition

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 – 1901, La Troupe de Mademoiselle Eglantine, 1896, lithograph on paper, 24 5/16 x 31 5/8 inches. © Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 – 1901, May Belfort, 1895, lithograph on paper, 31 5/16 x 24 inches. © Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 – 1901, Babylone d'Allemagne, 1894, lithograph on paper, 47 1/4 x 33 1/4 inches. © Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864 - 1901, Jane Avril, Maîtres de l'Affiche, 1895. © Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, French, 1864–1901, Divan Japonais, 1893, lithograph on paper, 31 13/16 x 23 15/16 inches. © Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece

El Gringo is part of The Point of View: An Anthology of the Moving Image Series.

El Gringo

October 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Mexico, 2003, by Francis Alÿs, 4:12 min.

Exploring issues such as xenophobia, the right to defend oneself, and immigration, Francis Alÿs illustrates how a stranger is received in a harsh and strongly territorialistic society. This work shows a deserted town taken over by wild dogs that ferociously defend their turf against trespassers.

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Artist Unknown
Chinese, Ming Dynasty, 1368–1644
Guardian Lion Ridge Tile, n.d.
ceramic
17.75 x 28.5 x 14.25 inches 
Gift of Roslyn and Ben Shepps Family, 2010.43

Walk on the Wild Side: Animals and Other Creatures in Art

September 7, 2013 - June 29, 2014

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

The works in this exhibition feature animals and other creatures, both real and fantastical. From fiery dragons to a cute little mouse and everything in between, this exhibition displays the importance of animals in art and demonstrates a bond between humans and the animal world that has lasted for thousands of years. Don't miss the opportunity to see works rarely on display.

Organized by the Flint Institute of Arts

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From the Exhibition

  • Artist Unknown, Chinese, Tang Dynasty, Camel, n.d.
    earthenware, 14 x 12 x 9 inches. Gift of Gerald Shepps in memory of Roslyn Shepps, 2009.2

  • Richard Jolley, American, b.1952, Geo Dog Duke II, n.d., glass, 14 x 6 1/2 inches. Gift of Natalie Pelavin, 2009.63

  • Gerald Heffernon, American, 20th century, Four-eyed Sighthound, 1986, excelsior, wire, wood, fake fur, and pigments
    21 x 48 x 20 inches. Gift of Claire White, 2006.63

  • Artist Unknown, Guatemalan, Maya, Parrot and Snake Covered Jar, n.d., ceramic, 10 3/4 x 7 (diameter) inches. Gift of Robert Drapkin, 2006.96

Eadweard Muybridge
American, b. England, 1830-1904
Daisy Cantering Straddled, Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 616, 1887
collotype
19 x 24 inches

Science in Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Harold Edgerton

July 27, 2013 - November 10, 2013

Graphics Gallery

Photography itself was born out of passionate engagement between art and science. The medium's pioneers were inventors, scientists, and mathematicians. The results of their intellectual endeavors dramatically affected the art form and forged a reciprocal relationship between art and science in photography that has continued to this day. This exhibition offers a rich and extensive view of the scientific studies done by three photography greats Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Harold Edgerton. Each of these artists invented devices to study and represent aspects of light and motion scientifically and photographically.

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From the Exhibition

  • Eadweard Muybridge, American, b. England, 1830 – 1904, Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 468 (Baby Walking), 1887, collotype on paper. Collection of Bank of America,1990.239.3

  • Eadweard Muybridge, American, b. England, 1830 – 1904, Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 755 (Pigeon Flying), 1887, collotype on paper. Collection of Bank ofAmerica ,1993.239.5

  • Eadweard Muybridge, American, b. England, 1830 – 1904
    Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 321 (Man with Dumb Bells), 1887, collotype on paper. Collection of Bank of America,1996.239.11