Exhibition Opens: Round and Round, The Circle at Center Stage

Posted: October 18, 2017

2017 rar rotatorErnest Trova, American (1927-2009), Falling Man Variant, 1970, screenprint. Director's Fund Purchase.

Right: Jennifer Bartlett, American (b. 1941), Houses, 2005, silkscreen. Permanent Collection Fund Purchase

An exhibition of work from the museum's collection of 4,700 artworks, Round and Round: The Circle at Center Stage opens Saturday, November 4, with a preview for November's Art Hop on Friday, November 3.

The exhibition draws from the museum's holdings--90 years in the making--in photography, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, painting, and drawing, and features artists including Hiroshige Ando, Robert Indiana, Alain Jacquet, Ellsworth Kelly, and Victor Vasarely.

The dot is our most basic artistic mark, a point existing in one dimension, says exhibition curator Karla Niehus. Expanded to a circle, the shape is fundamental to our lives. Children recognize circles in natural and man-made objects: the sun, their eyes, buttons, coins, and food.

The broad theme makes for a diverse exhibition showing the circle in myriad manifestations, by artists from diverse cultures who recognize the circle s power as a line without beginning or end, symbolizing eternity and so much more. From hard-edged Op Art prints to photographs of natural objects, the circular form holds a universal attraction and serves as inspiration for immense artistic versatility. Works on view demonstrate the dramatic range and ubiquitous flexibility of the circular form.

Round and Round: The Circle at Center Stage continues through March 4, 2018, on view in the museum s lower level galleries.

About the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone, and that they inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community "and visitors from around the world "to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses a Gallery Shop featuring artwork by area artists.