Black History Month at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Posted: February 1, 2016

Performance, film, and lectures on tap for KIA's Black History Month

Warm up your February with a range of programs at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in honor of Black History Month. Unless noted as free, events are included with $5 admission ($2 for students, free for KIA members and youth 12 and under).


Denise Miller 2016

Thursday, February 4, 6:30 pm: Performance: Common Threads
Poetry and music join in a call and response about art and race with Denise Miller (left), artist, poet, community activist, and professor; Dr. Michelle S. Johnson, aka dj Disobedience; Abbie Maikoski, vocalist and community activist; and Jim Croteau, poet and professor.


2016 BHM yinka shonibare

ARTbreak: Tuesday, February 9, noon
Videos: Art in the 21st Century, El Anatsui & Yinka Shonibare MBE

We'll see in their studios two internationally acclaimed artists whose work arises out of the rich, complex cultures of West Africa. Anatsui, from Ghana, transforms simple materials into complex assemblages. Nigerian-born Shonibare explores cultural identity and colonialism against the context of globalization. Free.


Domonic Smith 2016

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 pm
Films: Another Day and RESET
Kalamazoo native Domonic Smith will join us to screen two of his films. Another Day depicts a hapless customer service operator working through the fiction and fantasy of life in mankind's final moments. RESET follows 14-year old Jaywon, who is grieving the death of his father and dealing with bullying at school when he discovers a mysterious device that could change his life.

ARTbreak: Tuesday, February 16, noon
Establishing a Second Space: Richard Hunt and Michigan
Tami Miller, Director of Art and Education at the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, will discuss the work of this world-renowned sculptor based in both Chicago and Benton Harbor. Free.

Thursday, February 18, noon
Get the Picture Gallery Talk: Keith Morrison's Altar
This Jamaican-born artist has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian.


Nii Quarcoopome 2016

Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm: Royal Gold: Art, Power & Politics
Dr. Nii Quarcoopome is Curator of African Art at both the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. He will examine the royal art of the Asante Kingdom, one of ten states in present-day Ghana, and discuss the significant role gold has played in Asante history, culture and economy. The evening will include a reception, and a special presentation of Asante goldweights from the KIA collection.

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