KIA: Asian Art Celebration!

Featuring opening of new gallery: the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art

Posted: August 16, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Itō Shinsui Eyebrow Pencil

Ito Shinsui, Japanese, 1898-1972, Eyebrow Pencil, 1928, color woodblock print. Toledo Museum of Art, gift of H.D. Bennett, 1939.105.

Kalamazoo, MI - Monday, August 16, 2010, The opening of a new gallery is always a major event for any art museum, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is proud to announce the opening of our latest gallery space, the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art, opening on August 28, 2010!

The new space was made possible thanks to the generosity of Timothy Light, who funded this gallery focusing on a collection of Asian art in honor of his wife, Joy Light.

The KIA is celebrating this new gallery space with the opening of three exhibitions:

Beauty amid Thunder: The Past Two Centuries of Chinese Art - August 28 - October 17, 2010, sponsored by Stryker.

Wondrous Ink: Selections from the Richard Fabian Collection - August 28 - December 5, 2010, supported by The Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund.

Strong Women, Beautiful Men: Japanese Portrait Prints from the Toledo Museum of Art - August 28 - October 31, 2010, sponsored by PNC.

Beauty amid Thunder and Wondrous Ink will feature works drawn from the Richard Fabian Collection, a distinguished and extensive private collection of Chinese art. Through hanging scrolls, painted fans and illustrated albums, both exhibitions will feature landscape, bird-and-flower, and figurative paintings, as well as fine examples of the revered art of calligraphy. These exhibitions will focus on the late 19th and 20th centuries, a period of great change in China's political, social and cultural landscape.

Beauty amid Thunder will be shown in the KIA Galleries on the first floor, and Wondrous Ink will be shown in the new Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art located on the Lower Level.

Strong Women, Beautiful Men features two recurring themes: beauty and celebrity. These themes are traced through three centuries of Japanese printmaking. Images of celebrities are spotlighted, including renowned courtesans and beautiful women (bijin-ga) and famous kabuki actors (yakusha-e). Artists, carvers, printers and publishers inventively used caricature, parody, stylization and physiognomy to create compelling images that appealed to an increasingly competitive market.

This exhibition was organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and will be shown in the KIA Galleries on the first floor.

Historically, the focus of the KIA's permanent collection has been American art; however, the new Asian art gallery is not the first foray into collections from other cultures and eras. Over the years, the KIA has added spaces that feature Pre-Columbian gold and ceramics, Oceanic objects and African American and East Asian art. Each of these additions has made the KIA a destination spot, providing a unique visiting experience for the community and beyond, making the KIA a cultural gem in Southwest Michigan.

In addition to the aforementioned exhibitions, the KIA will be hosting numerous events in celebration of the new Asian art gallery:

Other events include ARTbreaks, and public tours, featuring topics related to all three exhibitions as well as Art & All That Jazz celebrations where guests can mingle while listening to great music, and tour the exhibitions!

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will also be collaborating with Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Midtown Gallery for additional discussions and events in conjunction with the opening of the new Joy Light Asian Art Gallery. Details of those events will be posted to the KIA website once those dates are confirmed.

For more information regarding the new Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art, supporting exhibitions or events, please call (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112 or email Farrell Howe, Marketing and PR Coordinator at

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.