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

Winfred Rembert
American, b. 1945
Cotton Field Rows
dye on carved and tooled leather, 2009
38 x 30 inches
Collection of Jan and Warren Adelson

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace

January 27, 2013 - March 17, 2013

Hodge Galleries

In more than 40 works on tooled leather—stretched, stained, and etched—Winfred Rembert constructs scenes from the rural southern town in Georgia, where he was born and raised, and peoples it with characters working the fields, joyous at church meetings, and enjoying its pool hall, jazz club, and café. His images are alive with figures and color, and dense with pattern. Some, more somber, convey the strife and grief of his own experiences of a near lynching and prison life.  

Growing up in the South in the 1950s, Rembert did backbreaking labor in the cotton fields. As a young man, he was arrested during a 1960s civil rights march and survived a near lynching. While serving a seven-year sentence, he learned to make pattern and design on leather by watching a fellow inmate make tooled leather wallets. Years later, adding color to tanned leather, Rembert depicted moments from his life and conjured a world of incredible brutality and close personal ties. The exhibition's riveting themes include his Cotton Field series, where cotton balls snake relentlessly through rows of toiling field hands: Rembert said, "Curved [cotton] rows make a beautiful pattern. But as soon as you start picking, you forget how good it looks and think how hard it is. There just isn't anything you can say about cotton that is good."  

Winfred Rembert: Amazing Grace is the first major museum exhibition dedicated to this remarkable mid-career, self-taught artist. This exhibition emphasizes the dramatic, overtly biographical nature of Rembert's work, combining artistic inspiration with documentation of some of the most tumultuous moments of Civil Rights-era history.

Organized by the Hudson River Museum

This exhibition is sponsored by


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From the Exhibition

  • Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Egg: Jazz Dancing, dye on carved and tooled leather, 2008, 29 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches. Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, NY

  • Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, All Me II, 2002, dye on carved and tooled leather, 31 1/2 x 37 3/4 inches. Collection of artist

  • Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Flour Bread, 2003, dye on carved and tooled leather, 25 5/8 x 34 3/4 inches. Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, NY

  • Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Homer Clyde's Café, 2008, dye on carved and tooled leather, 23 3/4 x 34 1/2 inches. Collection of the artist

  • Winfred Rembert, American, b. 1945, Chain Gang Picking Cotton, 2004, dye on carved and tooled leather, 47 x 32 inches
    Courtesy of Adelson Galleries, NY

Jacob Lawrence
American, 1917–2000
The 1920s...The Migrants Cast Their Ballots
serigraph on paper, 1974
32 x 25 inches
Gift of Lorillard, 1976.7.9

African American Works on Paper

January 12, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Graphics Gallery

See works by African American artists from the mid 20th century to the early years of this century. Drawn from the FIA's permanent collection, this exhibition features works on paper from several eminent artists, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Benny Andrews, and Kara Walker.

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Thomas Nast
American, b. Germany 1840 - 1902 
"Continue That I Broached In Jest" - Shakespeare, from Harper's Weekly
engraving in newsprint, 1876
16 9/16 x 11 1/4
From the Michael Kelly Collection

Worth a Thousand Words: American Political Cartoons

November 3, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Graphics Gallery

From the Michael Kelly Collection

Worth a Thousand Words explores the history of American political cartoons in the 19th and early 20th century from the collection of Michael Kelly. In the pages of popular magazines, such as Harper's Weeklyand Puck, cartoonists sought to influence public opinion through the use of widely and instantly understood imagery. Several works in the exhibition were created by Thomas Nast (1840–1902), who defined American political cartooning in the 19th century. Through Nast's work for Harper's Weekly, he popularized such American political symbols as the Republican elephant and the Democratic donkey. 

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From the Exhibition

  • Louis M. Glackens, American 1866-1933, The Full Dinner Pail, from Puck, 1912, engraving on newsprint, 16 7/8 x 12 1/2. From the Michael Kelly Collection

  • Thomas Nast, American, b. Germany 1840–1902, Stranger Things Have Happened, from Harper's Weekly, 1879, engraving on newsprint, 15 15/16 x 10 1/2. From the Michael Kelly Collection

  • Thomas Nast, American, b. Germany 1840–1902, Is This a Republican Form of Government? Is This Protecting Life, Liberty, or Property? Is This Equal Protection of the Laws?, from Harper's Weekly, 1876, engraving on newsprint, 15 5/8 x 11 1/8.
    From the Michael Kelly Collection

  • Thomas Nast, American, b. Germany 1840–1902, Out of the Ruins, from Harper's Weekly, 1873, engraving on newsprint, 15 15/16 x 11 3/16. From the Michael Kelly Collection

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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Dalcio Machado
Brazil, b. 1972
Untitled, 2007
16 15/16 x 12 3/16 inches
Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

Drawing Together: International Cartoons

September 15, 2012 - December 30, 2012

Hodge Galleries

Drawing Together: International Cartoons presents 130 award-winning cartoons from around the globe, offering an opportunity to study almost three decades of world history. Each year in Istanbul, Turkey, the Aydin Dogan Foundation organizes an international cartoon competition in order to stimulate thinking about important issues among nations. From 1983 to 2011, the competition has attracted the participation of more than 7,600 cartoonists from 136 countries around the world, with a total submission of more than 65,000 cartoons. Following an evaluation process by an international jury, those cartoons judged worthy of merit are recognized with various awards. 

"During periods of political turbulence, cartoons summarize with their lines what cannot be written or said," according to Aydin Dogan, Founder and Honorary President of the Aydin Dogan Foundation. "Cartoons also test politicians' understanding of democracy. They bring forth with the accuracy of laboratory instruments, politicians' level of tolerance." 

The cartoons in this exhibition not only offer insight into world history, philosophy, and cultural similarities and differences, but also show how artful freedom of expression can be. 

International Cartoon Competition is organized by

aydin dogan foundation

Exhibition made possible by the

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Exhibition video sponsored by

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From the Exhibition

  • Yuri Kosobukin, Ukraine, b. 1950, Untitled, 1996, 11 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

  • Kürsat Zaman, Turkey, n.d., Untitled, 2010, 14 3/16 x 10 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

  • Mohammad Khalaji, Iran, n.d., Untitled, 2010, 14 3/16 x 10 1/4 inches. Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

  • Ali Fidan, Turkey, b. 1961, Untitled, 1996, 10 5/8 x 14 3/16 inches. Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

  • Agim Sulaj, Italy, n.d., Untitled, 2008
    12 5/8 x 9 1/8 inches. Courtesy of the Aydın Doğan Foundation

Klaus Duschat
German, born South Africa, 1955
Scetch II 

German Sculptures on the Grounds of the FIA

January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012

FIA Grounds

Flint Institute of Arts is pleased to announce the installation of six large outdoor sculptures. The project titled Ground Breakers: German Sculptures on the Grounds of the FIA will be on view from Kearsley Street and surround the grounds of the FIA. Sculptures range in size from thirteen feet tall to nineteen feet wide. The sculptures are the individual creations of six established German sculptors—Klaus Albert, Klaus Duschat, Rolf Nolden, Jan Meyer-Rogge, Markus Schaller, and Hartmut Stielow.

Four of the sculptures will be placed on concrete sculpture pads on the north lawn of the museum, one on the east lawn, and one in the interior sculpture courtyard. These large-scale works will enhance the museum’s exterior visual appeal, particularly in the evening when the sculptures will be illuminated by ground level lights that will create a series of dramatic focal points viewed from street side.

This project is the first in a series of outdoor sculpture exhibitions planned for the museum. Flint Institute of Arts has large outdoor sculptures by George Rickey, Thomas McClure and Jane Manus that are installed in the museum’s expansive sculpture courtyard, as well as several large-scale works that have been featured on the museum’s grounds, including Rick Mayer’s Dance, Sydney Atkinson’s Center of Mass, and Joseph McDonnell’s recently installed School’s Out.

The sculptures will be on view during the very active summer and fall months, concurrent with the Flint Art Fair, the Children’s Summer Festival, the American Association of Museum Directors Conference, the 100th anniversary of General Motors, the Sloan Automobile Show, the Salute to Seniors, and the opening of the University of Michigan dormitories adjacent to the Cultural Center. 

Sponsored by
The Hurand Family
ATI Group
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Burroughs
Suzanne Johnson

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From the Exhibition

  • Rolf Nolden
    German, 1943
    Space in Time I

  • Jan Meyer-Rogge
    German, 1935
    Gezetien VI

  • Markus Schaller
    German, 1964
    Managed Cube 

  • Hartmut Stielow
    German, 1957
    Cross of Stele

  • Klaus Albert
    German, 1943
    King of Flying