New KIA Program - Up Close: Exploring the Collection

Posted: September 1, 2011
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Series begins in September

Franz Kline Red Crayon

Franz Kline, Red Crayon, 1959, oil and crayon on canvas. Director's Fund Purchase, 1968/9.93

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' Museum Education Department is launching a new educational series called Up Close: Exploring the Collection.

This series focuses on some of the KIA's Permanent Collection highlights in a fresh way. Learn more about the artists, media and techniques involved through related presentations and demonstrations. These classes are led by Greg Waskowsky, the KIA's Curator of Special Programs who hosts the popular ARTbreak series on Tuesday afternoons.

Up Close kicks off September 15, 22 & 29, 6:30 - 7:45 pm with Artistic Journeys in the 1950s. This class is $30 for KIA Members and $40 for Non-Members. If you are not a member and would like to join to save money on this class, please click here.

Artistic Journeys in the 1950s: In 1957, Jack Kerouac's On the Road celebrated the Beat Generation's quest for the ecstatic and authentic. At the same time, many American painters were engaged in a similar search for what a painting could be. Five major works in the KIA's Permanent Collection, created between 1957 and 1961, represent important turning points for the artists who created them: Richard Diebenkorn, Stephen Green, David Park, Franz Kline and Richard Pousette-Dart. In addition to learning about the lives of the artists, a demonstration of their different painting techniques will be included.

For more information and to register, please call (269) 349-7775.

Up Close is sponsored by ECCU.