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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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

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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From the Exhibition

  • John Steuart Curry, American, 1897-1946, Portrait of Stanley Young, 1932, oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches. Collection of John and Susan Horseman

  • Earl Rowland, American, 1890–1963, The Smelters (Men of Steel), 1934, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Collection of John and Susan Horseman

  • Valleja Strauntin, American, 1898–1989, Abstract, ca. 1930, oil on canvas, 36 x 22 inches. Collection of John and Susan Horseman

  • Charles Biederman, American, 1906–2004, Abstraction, 1935, oil on canvas, 42 x 31 1/4 inches. Collection of John and Susan Horseman

  • William Sommer, American, 1867 – 1949, Adam and Eve, ca. 1912 – 1915, oil on artist's board, 32 1/2 x 23 3/4 inches. Collection of John and Susan Horseman

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, Catrais.org.

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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Edmund Brucker
American, 1912–1999
Bag Ears 
oil on canvas, 1944
40 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, Inlander Collection, L2003.52

Great Lakes Painting: The Inlander Collection

April 6, 2013 - July 14, 2013

Dow Gallery

Defined geographically, the artists in this exhibition were active in the states surrounding the Great Lakes during the first half of the 20th century. These paintings evoke a warm and abiding sense of place and time. Land, water, industry, cities, and rural and urban life in this region of the United States are all common subjects in the Inlander collection. The paintings form a compelling visual record of a distinctive regional culture sustaining and celebrating itself through an era of great cultural growth and change.

The majority of works in the collection are at the FIA on permanent loan from the Isabel Foundation, and the remaining portion were donated by Michael Hall and Patricia Glascock, the collectors who assembled the outstanding group of regional paintings.

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Anton Otto Fischer
American (1882–1962)
Summer Seas 
oil on canvas, 1945
26 x 32 inches

Reflections on Water in American Painting: The Phelan Collection

April 6, 2013 - June 16, 2013

Hodge Galleries

From the tiny caravels of Columbus to the giant cruise and container ships of today, America's history has been intimate with the oceans surrounding our continent and the waterways that weave through it. Reflections on Water documents evolving artistic trends through paintings of water: from sailboat portraiture to waterscapes to industrial waterfronts. This exhibition, drawn from the Arthur J. Phelan collection, ranges from romanticized impressionistic works to modernist interpretations, all while capturing the majestic beauty of water.

Presented by Exhibits Development Group, USA

This exhibition is sponsored by

firstmerit bank    

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From the Exhibition

  • Richard Babcock, American, 1887–1954, Industrial Waterfront - Great Lakes, ca. 1930, oil on canvas, 33 x 25 7/8 inches. Arthur J. Phelan Collection

  • James Bard, American, 1815–1897, James A. Stevens, Hudson River Steamboat, 1873, watercolor and gouache on paper, 19 x 41 inches. Arthur J. Phelan Collection

  • John Blunt, American, 1798–1835, U.S.S. Constitution, 1828, oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches. Arthur J. Phelan Collection

  • Charles McIlhenney, American, 1858–1904, Steamboat at Night, Mississippi River, ca. 1885, oil on canvas, 24 x 20 inches. Arthur J. Phelan Collection

  • William R. Wheeler, American (1832–1894), Great Lakes Marine Disaster, ca. 1860, oil on canvas, 27.5 x 47.5 inches.

Houghton Smith, Jr.
Model of the Niagara
Scale 1/8 : 1 inch
Courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Ship Shape Models of Great Lakes Vessels

April 6, 2013 - June 16, 2013

Hodge Galleries

This exhibition offers the opportunity to learn about the art of model ship making. Models in this exhibition were built to commemorate some of the most revolutionary vessels ever to sail the Great Lakes. Beginning in the 19th century, model shipbuilding was the accepted way to perfect the designs of new vessels before construction would begin. All of the ships in this exhibition are drawn from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit. This exhibition represents a diversity of both model style and ship type, ranging from steamboats and schooners to freighters and frigates.

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From the Exhibition

  • Alpena, 1900's, 21 x 17 x 59 inches. Courtesy of The Detroit Historical Society

  • Christopher Columbus, 1890's, 14 x 5 1/2 x 48. Courtesy of The Detroit Historical Society

  • Model of the Delphine IV, ca. 1920. Courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

David Maxim
American, b. 1945
Untitled, 1994
graphite and colored pencil
9 x 11.66 inches
Collection of the artist

David Maxim Figure Portraits

March 16, 2013 - June 2, 2013

Graphics Gallery

David Maxim is an artist whose work is recognized for its great complexity and breadth. Best known for his high-relief constructions and classically developed paintings, Maxim has never been limited to one medium or style. This exhibition features portrait and figure drawings that explore one aspect of his oeuvre. In a special glimpse into the range of Maxim's works, several expressionistic and abstract drawings from the FIA's permanent collection are also on display, including a selection of Maxim's famous drawings of tornadoes.

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From the Exhibition

  • David Maxim, American, b. 1945, Max, Portrait of the Artist's Father, 1992, drawing on paper, 14 x 11 inches. Collection of the Artist

  • David Maxim, American, b. 1945, Self Portrait, 2011, pencil, charcoal washes on paper, 10 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches. Collection of the Artist

  • David Maxim, American, b. 1945, Maura, 2002, graphite, colored pencil, 12 x 18 inches. Collection of the artist

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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