Off the Wall: Art in Three Dimensions

Opens Saturday, September 17 at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Posted: September 2, 2011
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Stephen Hansen bird watcher

Stephen Hansen, Bird Watcher, 1977, papier mache and feathers | Gift of Jane Gilmore Maloney-Vojnovich, 1995/6.35

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to present an exhibition that is truly "off the wall." Opening on Saturday, September 17, Off the Wall: Art in Three Dimensions explores unconventional sculpture and ceramics in the KIA Permanent Collection.

More than 65 free-standing sculptures and wall reliefs from the 1950s to the present demonstrate the 20th-century impulse to push the boundaries of fine art. Some artists created unexpected, abstract forms using traditional materials. Artists also dared to use commonplace or industrial materials that flouted the conventions of fine art. Ceramicists made vessels unconstrained by functionality.

Artists of national renown and regional acclaim include Picasso, Max Ernst, Rudy Autio, Peter Voulkos, Paul Flickinger, Al Lavergne, Karla Wyss-Tye and more. Come see what you think makes each of these works, "off the wall."

To further explore Off the Wall, plan to attend these related events:

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