Current Exhibitions at the KIA


Manierre Dawson: Engineering Abstraction

August 29 - December 13

Manierre Dawson is a fascinating American artist just beginning to be recognized for his important contributions to the development of abstract painting in America. Raised in Chicago, Dawson spent his later years here in Michigan. Though he had been an engineering student, art was his true passion. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, this exhibition is both timely and significant, enhanced by Dawson s connection to Michigan and the presence of important examples of his work in both public and private collections in the region.

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Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art

August 22 - November 15, 2015

Reflecting the history of African American art, 60 works in various mediums feature some of the most important African American artists from the 19th century to present day. Five thematic areas show diversity and commonality: Gaining Access, New Self-Awareness, Political and Social Expressions, Examining Identities, and Towards Abstraction.

Flowers in Chinese Art

Flowers in Chinese Art

June 27 - December 9

Flowers in China are revered and play a major role in Chinese life. A floral motif in Chinese art is not only a colorful and pleasing design, but also a medium by which a mood, a season, a sentiment, or a desire is conveyed. Symbolic meaning trumps realism as nature yields to artists' desire to communicate a particular message through long-understood symbolism and allegory. Rich in color, fragrance, and symbolism, flowers became part not only Chinese visual art but also myths, folklore, and popular verse and prose. Flowers in Chinese art symbolize everything from celebration days, every month and season, stoic and virtuous characteristics and morals, and even death. This exhibition features Chinese paintings and ceramics from the collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and on loan from the collection of Joy and Timothy Light.


Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art

June 6 - September 6, 2015

Traditional books might be threatened by the advent of the e-book, but given the medium's persistent evolution over time, it should come as no surprise that a growing number of contemporary artists are exploring the interplay between function, structure and format of books by cutting, folding, carving, drilling and gluing them into amazing sculptures and installations that honor and transcend the meaning held within the original pages. This exhibition is curated by Linda Ross and organized by the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.


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