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Beitbridge Moonwalk

December 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

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.

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November 1, 2013 - November 30, 2013

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

This exhibition is sponsored by 

    Whiting Foundation

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

El Gringo

October 1, 2013 - October 31, 2013

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.
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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Eadweard Muybridge
American, b. England, 1830-1904
Daisy Cantering Straddled, Animal Locomotion Portfolio, Plate No. 616, 1887
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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James Britton Gantt
American, 1911–1984
Side Show
tempera on panel, 1937
43 x 29 inches
Collection of John and Susan Horseman

Modern Dialect

July 13, 2013 - September 22, 2013

Hodge Galleries

Modern Dialect brings together more than 50 American Scene and Modernist paintings from the 1920s through the 1940s. This exhibition reveals both the shared concerns and jubilations of artists from every region of the country during a fluctuating and demanding time in American history. From simplified and fragmented rural landscapes to modern industrial cities to purely abstract compositions, Modern Dialect illustrates the scope of the American Modernist aesthetic, including works by George Ault, Reginald Marsh, Charles Sheeler, John Steuart Curry, and Charles Burchfield.

This exhibition takes a harrowing look into the fertile ground of American painting between the two world wars. It is a tribute to the quickening pace of American life, and the growing appreciation in the United States of all things new and modern in the midst of the rise of an insistent machine age. Modern Dialect follows impressive advances of the 1930s American Scene painters, and delves into the style and substance of their work as the paintings became even more effective in expressing social concern and political protest.

Drawn from the collection of John and Susan Horseman, this exhibition ranges from the serene study of light to the evocation of the horrors of war to an America in financial crisis. All of these topics resonate with the America we live in today, still not fully recovered from the recession. Modern Dialect allows visitors to see and appreciate history and the lessons that it continues to teach.

Organized and circulated by the Dixon Gallery and Gardens

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Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889–1975
lithograph on paper, 1969
9 7/8 x 12 inches 
Gift of Mr. Jack B. Pierson, 1991.7

Art in Every Home: Associated American Artists (AAA) Prints

June 8, 2013 - July 21, 2013

Graphics Gallery

During the Great Depression, the New York- based Associated American Artists (AAA) was formed to make original, fine art affordable. Starting in 1934, artists were hired to create etchings and lithographs, which would then be priced at $5 a piece, plus $2 per frame. The AAA recruited top American artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Peggy Bacon, Grant Wood, and Benny Andrews, and promoted and distributed their prints at prices marketed to middle-class families. This organization was successful both in the United States and abroad and played an important role in promoting American art in the early 20th century through the postwar era. The Flint Institute of Arts has over 40 works by AAA artists, many of which will be on view during this exhibition. 

For more information please visit International Arts Online Catalogue Raisonné, Associated American Artists,

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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Artist Unknown
Chinese/Japanese, Qing Dynasty
Tea/Wine Pot in Form of Seated Sage
earthenware, n.d.
4 x 4.25 x 7.25 inches
Gift of F. Karel Wiest, 1982.313a-b

Around the World with 80 Objects

October 6, 2012 - August 11, 2013

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

The history of humanity is one of invention and innovation, as we have continually created new items to use and admire. Encompassing a grand sweep of human history, Around the World with 80 Objectsincludes works drawn exclusively from the FIA's permanent collection. This exhibition features objects collected for their fascinating artistic designs, as well as their place in history.

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Michael Dunbar
American, b. 1947
bronze, 2012
60 x 60 x 60 inches
Collection of the artist 
Photo: Curt Neitzke

Michael Dunbar: Explorations in Space

October 4, 2012 - May 4, 2014

Hurand Sculpture Courtyard FIA Grounds

For more than 30 years, Michael Dunbar has been creating monumental abstract sculptures of steel and bronze. The meticulously created works with their arcs, planes and beams, resemble giant gears and equipment with gleaming surfaces and precise attention to detail. The sculptures have the appearance of machines waiting to be set in motion. Six of these large works by Dunbar can be seen on the FIA grounds through next summer.

Additionally, an exhibition of 10 smaller sculptures by Dunbar was installed in the FIA Contemporary Gallery. These smaller works were created by Dunbar as studies for larger sculptures and was on display from November 11 to December 16, 2012.

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