The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Hosts Halloween Event and Spooky Exhibition

Posted: September 8, 2013

For Immediate Release -

Leonard Baskin, The Cry

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to offer Halloween Fun on October 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hosting a variety of scary activities for the whole family, the event will have creepy stories in the KIA galleries, a performance of Danse Macabre by the Kalamazoo Public School's Loy Norrix Orchestra, a screening of the animated film The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and spooky works of art from the BOO! Images of the Macabre exhibition. The event will also feature a talk entitled Plague of the Undead: A Century of Zombies in American Popular Culture by Western Michigan University professor Heather Addison in the KIA auditorium, as well as hands-on activities and complimentary cider with cookies.

Halloween Fun at the KIA:
KIA Members: $2, Children 12 and under: $3, Non-Members: $5

About BOO! Images of the Macabre
October 5 - January 26
In time for Halloween, the KIA reveals its most spooky and unnerving artwork from the darkest corners of its permanent collection's vault. Featuring more than 30 pieces of art, this exhibition highlights acclaimed artwork such as Salvador Dali's Cybernetic Lobster Telephone and Leonard Baskin's The Cry. Why are we so attracted to images of the macabre? Exploring our fears inspires a quickening of the pulse and heightens our awareness of the mysteries of life-and death. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote that the artist's role is to give expression to the shadow side of humankind, which usually dwells below the level of consciousness. He advocated forcing shadows into the light in order to master dark impulses and maintain a healthy balance. Engage your subconscious through art that explores eerie landscapes, creepy creatures, ghostly figures and other mysterious intersections of reality and imagination.

About Heather Addison
Heather Addison, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Communications at Western Michigan University and she will be presenting the event's talk about zombies. Addison has taught courses in film and video history, criticism, production and theory. Her published works include the books: Hollywood and The Rise of Physical Culture (Routledge, 2003) and Motherhood Misconceived: Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films (SUNY, 2010), a collection of essays co-edited with Elaine Roth and Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly.