It's Hopping at the KIA This Friday!

Exhibition sneak-peek: Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Co

Posted: September 29, 2009
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September 29, 2009

It's Hopping at the KIA This Friday!
Exhibition sneak-peek: Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Kalamazoo, MI - Tuesday, September 29, 2009. This Friday, October 2nd, it's hopping at the KIA! Kick off October with a fun-filled evening of art, music, and an outdoor Octoberfest. Hop on over!

Please join us for the following festivities:

Members of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts are invited to a members preview of Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. A special event for a special exhibition, the preview runs 4:30-8 p.m. Al Harris, Maria Scott, James Watkins and other local artists with works in the exhibition will be invited to gather and mingle with guests. Also featured is artwork created by teens in a KIA-Boys & Girls Club summer workshop, on display in the school commons. Refreshments will be available.

For Art Hoppers, the KIA is on this Friday's schedule. Hop in Friday, from 5-8 p.m., see Embracing Diverse Voices, meet some of the local artists and enjoy some German fare at Octoberfest!

Everyone's German in October! Raise a stein at the KIA's Octoberfest beer garden. Treat your inner Bavarian to Bell's Ocotberfest Beer, German-accented fare and sing-along music by Richard's Magic Accordion. Octoberfest runs 5-10 p.m. under the institute's overhang at the corner of Park and South streets. Prost! Tickets for beverages and food will be sold at $1 each. Beer and wine will be sold for 3 tickets, select food items, soda and water will also be available at select ticket prices.

As you peruse the art on display, enjoy the musical talents of the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar orchestra from 6-8 p.m. Under the direction of conductor Miles Kusik, the orchestra performs a wide variety of music including classical, ethnic and "golden era" mandolin orchestra music. Admission is free. For more information about the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar orchestra, please visit their [url="http://www.kalmando.com"]website.
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Robert Scott Duncanson, Heart of the Andes

Robert Scott Duncanson, Heart of the Andes, 1871, oil on canvas.

Saturday, October 3rd, marks the official opening of Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. This exhibition will be on display until Sunday, November 29th.

Embracing Diverse Voices explores the breadth of artistic expression by American artists of African descent. Spanning nearly 140 years, these works demonstrate as wide a range of stylistic approaches and viewpoints as one would expect of any group of Americans.

During the past decade, the KIA has undertaken an initiative to acquire a significant body of works by African-American artists of regional renown, including local artists Al Harris, James Watkins, Maria Scott, James Palmore and Murphy Darden, as well as nationally renowned artists including Robert Scott Duncanson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob Lawrence, Ernest C. Withers, Richard Hunt, Lorna Simpson, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, Romare Bearden and Kara Walker. This exhibition marks-and celebrates-the KIA's progress toward that goal.

Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is sponsored by Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. Admission is free and open to the public. For information regarding free, public tours for this exhibition, please visit our website.

Hop, err, hope to see you there! For more information regarding these, and upcoming KIA events, please visit our website today.

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