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April 1, 2014 - April 30, 2014

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

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 Gallery 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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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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Big Gurl

January 1, 2014 - February 28, 2014

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

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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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 Gallery

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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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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