This Week's Free Tour at the KIA - The Industrial and Natural Landscape in conjunction with the current Georgia O'Keeffe exhibitions

Posted: July 27, 2009
Source: Farrell L. Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 x3112

Kalamazoo, MI - Monday, July 27, 2009, this Friday and Sunday, July 31st and August 2nd, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will continue hosting free public tours in conjunction with the Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times and Through the Photographer's Lens: O'Keeffe and Her Circle exhibitions that are running now until September 13th.

This Friday and Sunday, public tours will be offered FREE WITH ADMISSION FEE at 2:00 p.m. Registration is not required. This week's public tour "The Industrial and Natural Landscape" will compare artists' works featuring industrial landscapes, such as Charles Sheeler, with those who focused on natural landscapes, like Georgia O'Keeffe.

KIA docents will take visitors through the Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times exhibition, compare these differing viewpoints on landscape and discuss why these artists chose to depict the landscape concept in such vastly different ways.

Some featured paintings include:

New Orleans #7 1954-56, oil on canvas - Ralston Crawford (American, 1906-1978)

Ore into Iron 1953, oil on canvas - Charles Sheeler (American, 1883-1965)

Red Tree, Yellow Sky 1952, oil on canvas - Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)

These paintings are part of The Lane Collection, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Lane Collection is considered to be one of world's finest collections of Modern American Art.

William H. Lane (1914-1995) began collecting American art in 1951, concentrating on the work of such artists as Georgia O'Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, Stuart Davis, Franz Kline and Hans Hofmann. He built his collection on regular trips to New York City, where he would fill his station wagon with paintings; if a picture didn't fit, he would not buy it. In 1953, he established the William H. Lane Foundation in Leominster, and in the next 40 years he organized and circulated 30 exhibitions of works from his collection among small museums in New England.

Lane also began collecting photography in the 1960's. His first major purchase was the Charles Sheeler estate in 1965. He later acquired large collections of the work of Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and others.

Many of these artists' paintings and photography can be currently seen at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Don't miss your opportunity to view this unique and priceless collection of Modern American Art and learn how its influence still impacts our culture today.

For more information about the public tours, please contact Michelle Stempien, KIA Curator of Museum Education at 269-349-7775 ext. 3162 or via email at